:lol: Almost a decade ago I completed a masters degree in secondary education. I had been teaching for a while, and was working incredibly hard at helping my students as much as possible. I also was helping my aging father, and trying to basically run my life effectively. I must say that my masters took a lot out of me; although I enjoyed grad school, it recquired an enormous amount of time and effort, and thousands of dollars I really could have used. In short... the masters imposed a lot of time and trouble on my already busy and stressful life. I really wouldn't have minded this big inconvenience... if the masters actually contributed to my teaching. But it didn't. Did I learn anything from it? Yes. But what I learned really wasn't applicable to my teaching. Interestingly, the great majority of my colleagues, and my peers at grad school, said the same thing. Occassionaly, I do meet someone who believes that a masters in teaching is well worth it ( for school teachers). But when I question these people, they really can't give a good example, or reason, for their stance. Usually, they will admit that the things they "picked up" in grad school were already learned and discussed in their undergraduate years. What I am trying to get across is that a masters degree in teaching should not be required if you are just going to teach elementary or secondary schoolchildren. If a school teacher wants to attain one on his/her own, why not. But it shouldn't be mandatory. As I stated before, a masters in teaching doesn't improve teacher performance. There have been many studies in school systems throughout North America, and Europe, and other parts of the world that prove that a masters degree in teaching DOES NOT improve teacher performance at all. One should ask, why do so many school districts recquire a masters degree for teaching? I'll tell you straight: Money for professors and their unions, more money for more bureaucrats... who give money to unions and democrats. Do you know that many states actually require funeral directors to obtain college degrees?!?!? For generations, undertakers only took a simple test and apprenticed at a local funeral home for their licicenses... now they must spend years, and thousands of dollars, to dispose of bodies. I can tell you that for generations we have never had any major outbreaks or public catastrophes linked to the funeral industry. Now we must place the burden of a college education on a prospective undertaker? I think society needs to do some house cleaning, starting with our politicians, and working down to absolutely useless regulations. In short... teachers should ONLY be required to obtain a B.A., along with the 18 credits in education, and take ONLY one teacher exam ( which covers general knowledge, and teacher skills)! No more than that! If liberal politicians and educrats want to "fix" the problems of the public schools, start by holding students accountable for their behavior and academic performance.