This is about Hillsdale College- a Michigan school that rebels against the system so much that students who get federal student loans can't go there. They have a new rebellion on the books- against teacher certification in Michigan. It seems that recently, Michigan passed a law that forced every teacher ed program in the state to align themselves with national certification. Well, Hillsdale thinks that national certification is useless, so they have stopped offering a program leading to certification in Michigan, though they still offer "teacher ed." They say that their program will prepare students to teach in schools that do not require state certification.
I honestly don't know if this is good or bad. I do see a certain attraction to rebelling against education laws passed by politicians who really don't understand education. But, I would never go there. Over the years, I took several education courses that did not lead to certification- something always got in my way. From 2007 to 2010, I went several thousand into debt to get that magic piece of paper once and for all. The courses I took in this one program were all courses I had previously elsewhere. I think I did learn from different approaches, but I would not have wasted precious dollars on a program that did not offer certification. I think other teachers in my position also can't afford the luxury of a teacher education without that meal ticket of a piece of paper. Thoughts?