"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, September 29, 2005

New Product Rollout from ABCTE

Remember the phony teacher preparation outfit started by insider crony, Gene Hickok who, as former Asst. Secretary of Education under Paige, set aside his interest in the company long enough to shovel it $40,000,000 to dream up a Internet certification scam for teaching. (See earlier posts here and here and here .) This kind suspected thievery has not escaped the attention of the GAO, by the way.

Well, I signed up to get ABCTE's latest info as it comes out their cave, and here is just part of the latest product line for those home-bodies who would prefer not to go to a real college to get real teacher preparation--but who prefer a virtual preparation from a real bunch of hucksters. This hot new arm-twister is called PoliteChild's Classroom Management for Success. On sale today!

PoliteChild’s Classroom Management for Success DVDs
Introductory price $75 before October 1! (regularly $90)
This DVD course, containing over 3 hours of video and additional online course materials, will help you learn critical classroom management techniques and strategies in preparation for the Professional Teaching Knowledge exam.You will learn how to develop a positive classroom environment; one in which students “buy into” conducting themselves with courtesy and consideration for others. By using PoliteChild’s classroom management techniques, you will be able to make the most of your school day and avoid dealing with time-consuming behavior management issues.


  1. I took the ABCTE test so I could be an English teacher. I hold a degree in English with an emphasis in writing. I graduated with honors from a school with a reputation for their distinguished writing program. I am a professional writer and thought I would give back by being a teacher. Strangely, I did not pass the essay portion of the English exam. I can't get anyone to explain where my essay was lacking (which I know it wasn't). Don't waste your time with this program. I only know one guy personally who has passed the ABCTEs and he left teaching shortly after because he couldn't get good enough pay. Remember, even after you pass the program, you have two years of full time teaching before you get state licensure.

  2. Anonymous8:59 PM

    I also had problems with the ABCTE essay scoring. I am a writer who has has many pieces published. I always had top scores in school on any paper I wrote. However, after taking the Professional Teaching Knowledge Exam, I was informed I failed the essay portion. Using their rubric and examples, I can guarantee my essay looked nothing like the examples they provided that matched the score they gave me. Part of me feels they are just trying to get more money out of me to retake the exam. Also they will not provide me with a copy of my essay or even verify the number of paragraphs I wrote to put to rest my belief that they did not receive my entire essay. All they will tell me is that I can pay $75 for an appeal and $125 for a retake. Be wary...

  3. Anonymous11:00 PM

    I also am a professional writer - I passed the English exam with a high score and failed the essay. I was so upset, but they couldn't tell me what they are looking for on the essay, so I didn't retake it. I'm still upset about it! Perhaps we're writing college-level essays and what they're looking for is something less.