I'm just shaking my head. The county where I live in Florida has just changed their policy due to the severe substitute teacher shortage. You now only have to have a high school diploma to become a substitute teacher here. You also don't need any experience with children. I guess they did what they had to do, because right now, if you are out and need a sub, one probably can't be found, and your class will be split. The teachers who have to take your students get a small extra payment (that was negotiated by the local union, because before, the district was just using class splitting to keep from hiring subs at all.) Still, I just can't imagine an 18 year old with no experience being put in charge of a kindergarten, or even a high school calculus class.