New principal resigns after high school student newspaper challenges credentials


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/05/new-principal-resigns-after-hi.html


#2

Robertson, who he said also has a teaching degree from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England

Hmm. Cambridge isn’t really the sort of institution to provide ‘teaching degrees’ - Education Research, perhaps, but not something directly vocational. I did find one, so it’s possible.

I hope they didn’t mean PGCE, as that’s not a degree; it’s a Postgraduate Certificate ‘topping-up’ an academic qualification with teacher training.


#3

Hey, I’ve got degrees from Havard, Yail, Printston, among others.


#4

The Superintendent should also resign. What the students did was great, but it wasn’t exactly difficult for them to discover this, or for the Kansas City Stay to confirm it, so why didn’t the Pittsburg Community Schools Superintendent? A 5 minute Google search would have uncovered questions about the school the woman’s Master’s and PhD were from. I would expect a more thorough vetting job when hiring the school janitor than what they did for the school Principal. Has anyone looked into the Superintendent’s credentials?


#5

^^^This


#6

“That raised a red flag,” Baden [one of the student journalists] said. “If students could uncover all of this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t find this…”

Welcome to the first moment of your real education. Now go and investigate why so many adults voted for Trump.


#7

http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/education Apparently Cambridge do offer an undergraduate degree in Education. Not to suggest this person has one. My bonus fun fact is that Oxford University used to offer degrees in Forestry…


#8

he disguised his sham better - he even wrote a Wikipedia article about his alleged alma mater, something called “Pittsburg State University” ; )


#9
My bonus fun fact is that Oxford University used to offer degrees in Forestry...
Why wouldn't it? Forestry is an important subject for the sustainability of an important natural resource.

#10

It doesn’t offer many practical courses…


#11

I know your woodlands are depleted from their historic levels, but Britain isn’t Iceland or Easter Island yet, is it? You do still have some forests?


#12

Seems legit.

It’s not even in Pittsburgh. It’s in Kansas somewhere :wink:


#13

The academic study of Education isn’t “a teaching degree”. As I mentioned, Cambridge isn’t really the most obvious place for vocational qualifications (apart from Medicine, I suppose). Even a Cambridge Law degree isn’t a qualification to practice Law, so far as I’m aware [caveat: I could be wildly wrong on that!]; one then needs to do postgraduate conversion/pupillage courses to become a practicing solicitor/barrister.

Here in Lancaster, you’d go to Lancaster University for ‘Education Research’ or the University of Cumbria for teaching degrees - the former has a strong reputation for academic study whereas the latter is highly-regarded for teacher training.

Not really the point! There are vocational institutions and more academic ones; Oxford and Cambridge are the latter.


#14

I WONDER HOW THEY SCHOOL AM OF THEORY OR PRACTICE


OH, COOL, WANT SIGN UP


#15

Forestry isn’t directly vocational. It’s not learning how to chop down trees. There’s a lot of ecology involved.

I say this as someone who took a graduate level forestry class.*

*Technically a math class, but co-listed under forestry.


#16

Me too; at school I wanted to go into Forestry, but ended up studying Physical Geography more generally.

Okay; Forestry isn’t solely vocational, but it’s closer to that end of the spectrum than, say, Theoretical Physics. :wink:
Generalising again, but I’d think a Forestry degree from an institution specialising in that would be higher-regarded than one from an institution famous for academic study.


#17

He always looked to me like he knew what he was doing.


#18

Reminds of of that military academy on the Simpsons with the motto “A Tradition of Heritage.”


#19

People tend to be genuinely surprised that forestry and ag majors have to know math beyond DiffEq and chemistry. There’s actual science involved. Not theoretical math and physics, but science.


#20

Golly, I love those kids.