William Matheson (nova_one) wrote,
William Matheson
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Final Debate Video Feed

Attention internet time-shifters (including me, because I was at work at the time):

If you want to watch an unadulterated feed of the United States of America's third and final Presidential debate, fire up Windows Media Player and paste this into "Open URL...":

http://www.cbc.ca/mrl3/16493/canadavotes/2008/news-usa-presidential-debate-10-15-08.wmv

It should be good!

Update: Well, both candidates looked solid. McCain laid a few whoppers - one of his more colourful ideas is to start a "Troops to Teachers" program, in which US troops returning from war can transition to the classroom without having to take the examinations or obtain the certifications required in some states.

Uh-huh. I can't say much without breaking my self-imposed code of silence with regards to my current situation, but let's just say that from my experience putting "teachers" in classrooms without certification or experience is not a particularly good idea. I wish all the best for those returning troops (and congratulate them on their good fortune if they're coming home with all four limbs), but if they want to teach, they can go get their B/M.Eds like everybody else. The government would probably help pay for their further education anyway.

What's the rush to get into the classroom, anyhow? I was a fool; I wanted to rush into it because I thought it would be a good situation for me (speaking in general terms about teaching anywhere). I didn't condescend to apply to two year B.Ed programs - I was only interested in one year programs. What's the big deal? If you're smart (and I don't doubt that many US officers are), you can just teach what you know.

BZZZZZZT. Wrong. And that's all I'll say for now. =)

You can get your debate transcript and fact-checker here.
Tags: certification, debates, education, elections, mccain, obama, presidential debate, teachers, teaching, united states of america
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