LETTERS: Are there too many cooks in the kitchen?

Are there too many cooks in the kitchen?

How many bosses would you like to have while you have increasing responsibilities, accountability and documentation? This could apply to faculty teaching dual or concurrent enrollment courses. With the recent push of NACEP — the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships — into Texas, faculty in high schools and colleges will now be subjected to three bosses, NACEP; SACS-COC, or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and THECB, or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Concurrent enrollment is a great innovation financially and will certainly help in obtaining the 60×30 THECB goal by 2030, when at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree, but how does this affect the teaching profession? In the past, there were clear delineations of elementary, secondary, post-secondary education; however, with vertical integration, students can enroll in college courses starting in Early College High School and transition to concurrent enrollment.

To teach in high school, teachers must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and be content certified and pass the pedagogy assessment on how to teach Pre-K through 12th grade. To teach in college or a university, an instructor must have a master’s or doctorate and 18 hours in the discipline. No teaching experience is required.

So, we may now have college instructors with no background in secondary ed teaching increasingly younger students. And, these college instructors are being sent to the high schools which is not a college environment but a high school environment. Think pep rallies, bells, distractions. In addition, the high school instructors teaching on their high school campuses as college faculty are influenced by their high school administrators as well as the college partner which increases interruptions, interference, and oversight in teaching content and student/teacher interaction.

How did the teaching profession become so distorted by administrative, accreditation, and legislative oversight? How many bosses are too many?

Diane Teter, Edinburg

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