Should teaching certification be waived for candidates who are successful in their field? Just read an article in the New York Times where the author pointed out that frequently the most successful people in a field are often terrible teachers. He suggested that good teachers tend to be people who’ve freshly learned a subject and remember how they learned it. I would go farther and say that the best teachers also have training in how to reach, manage and motivate children. The article reminded me that teaching is a set of very demanding skills that many people just can’t master. The quiet high school science teacher who can hold her students spellbound and inspire them to further study is a far better person to teach than a dazzling Nobel winner who can’t manage a class full of adolescents. Your thoughts?