Yesterday we knocked off one of the big items on our to-do list: confirm Andy's admission to Houston Community College and get him enrolled in the first semester of courses for the Filmmaking program. Check this out: TV Field Production, Audio Engineering I, Production Management, Film Business and Marketing. As if it wasn't bad enough that he's known what he wants to do since we first took him to see a movie (I blame his mother), as soon as he's out of high school and into college his first class is field production?? I am so jealous.
In my day, we had to take all kinds of boring classes in humanities, history, freshman science, etc. before we ever got into the classes that were our reason for going to college in the first place. I studied education as an undergrad, and they never let us near real live children until our third year. No wonder we were all so nervous on our first day of student teaching. I guess things have changed some since then, but the really passionate teachers I've known are mainly on their own when trying to keep the passion alive.
Remember when community colleges were just glorified vocational ed programs? Those days are gone, but they still have the philosophy of teaching students how, not just what. So why wasn't teacher education ever treated like a vocation, even a little bit, instead of solely an academic pursuit? What's wrong with teaching future teachers how to enthuse, intrigue, educe, and instill, in addition to all those other (boring) learning objective verbs? How different would things be if education majors started their freshman year with Field Teaching I?