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ERIC Number: ED033059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Pages: 5
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From the Peace Corps, A New Kind of Teacher.
Ashabranner, Brent
The National Elementary Principal, v47 n5 p38-42 Apr 1968
Many Peace Corps volunteers, returning to see with new eyes and feel with new nerves the sorrows of our own cities, are finding jobs as teachers in inner-city schools. Of the 50 percent sent overseas to teach, more than two thirds are young liberal arts graduates lacking orthodox teaching credentials, but by 1965 many states began recruiting them, often giving salary credit for the two years abroad and granting at least temporary teaching certificates. Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., initiated special programs of teaching and continuing education which included intensive orientation courses, supportive counseling from experienced teachers, and frequent meetings with consultants and subject matter specialists. Returned volunteers find the jobs rough, tough, and frustrating, in some ways more so than their overseas service. Many undergo cultural shock similar to that experienced overseas; some lack professional distance in dealing with students, or expect more of themselves than they can produce. But because improvisation is part of the Peace Corps way of life, they are constantly trying out new ideas to handle their classes. The perception that they bring to their teaching can be a positive influence in designing the tactics needed to cope with the disadvantaged, and if they can see their way through the first difficult months of adjustment, they promise to make an invaluable contribution to this important problem. (JS)
Department of Elementary School Principals, National Education Assn., 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.00)
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