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Nobody Likes a Brainiac by Jo Scott Coe (Nadie Le Gusta un Brianiac de Jo Scott Coe)

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(Mensaje se repite en EspaƱol) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Years ago I gave a guest presentation to a college public relations class about my experience as a volunteer writer and fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. When I finished, the professor had a comment: "You teach high school? What a waste." He meant it as a compliment, but I didn't take it as one. It betrayed an all-too-prevalent attitude. On the one hand, Americans say they value their teachers. A recent survey found that 62% of Americans consider teaching to be the profession that most benefits society, while only 22% named medicine. But, in fact, when people see articulate, poised and accomplished teachers in the classroom, they tend to wonder what's wrong with them that they're "only" teaching. With that kind of attitude so pervasive, it's no wonder that some of those attracted to teaching are less than competent. A Knight-Ridder report last summer found that California teachers are deplorably subpar in nearly two-thirds of the state's public classrooms -- meaning that they are teaching subjects in which they do not hold degrees or teaching credentials or display "expertise."