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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Licensure Regulations for School Personnel [8 VAC 20 ‑ 22]
Action Comprehensive Revision of the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 11/6/2015
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10/30/15  5:39 pm
Commenter: Harvey Klamm, Liberty University

8VAC20-543-90 and 8VAC20-543-140. Professional studies requirements

I ask that you keep the current foundations course requirement. I have worked in the field of education in Virginia for 43 years.  During that time, I have observed a growing pragmatic desire within education to reflect less on the foundations of why schools function as they do, in preference to just preparing to teachers pedagogically.   To decrease the amount of time focused on the philosophical, theoretical, and historical aspects of the foundations of education, from a full course to an element within a course as advocated in this change, will significantly impact teacher preparation by minimizing understandings of the roots of education that are fundamental to the thrust and values within pedagogy.  May we not sacrifice the teaching of who we are and how we came to be as schools and as teachers for the sake of streamlining regulations that will dilute the actual prepation of our next generation of professionals.