October 22, 2009

EDITORIAL: For Dr. David Hill, mission accomplished


Hill rallied faculty and staff to redesign the program and address shortcomings perceived by NCATE and/or TEAC. He and Golden deserve the thanks, not only of all education students and all teachers and everyone involved in the program but of the entire college and the community. Plattsburgh State — and the City of Plattsburgh — would have suffered irreparable damage had the teacher-education program been disqualified.

The accreditation is good for five years, which seems very temporary, in comparison with the amount of stress and hard work devoted to achieving it.

The good news is that officials now know what is needed to retain the good standing of the program.

Hill has moved back into the classroom, which is what he'd intended to do upon his arrival at Plattsburgh five years ago. He'll accept a pay cut in order to return to what he loves doing — teaching students.

Future teacher-education students may never know how much they owe to Hill's expertise and determination. Those who are in the midst of learning to become teachers right now surely do. He has saved their education and ensured their careers.

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