Montecito Fine Arts College Of Design Places Teachers On Notice Fail a Student - You Are Terminated
Ed Kuckelkorn president of the Montecito Fine Arts College of Design in Monrovia, California announced at a special news conference on Friday January 25, 2008, attended by members of the Los Angeles television and print news media, which he was requesting that all forty teachers of the college take the oath of “Failure and Termination.”
Each teacher raised their right and repeated the following oath administered by Kuckelkorn, “We the staff and faculty of Montecito Fine Arts College of Design, believe that it is our duty to identify potential student problems early on so that we can help students succeed and avoid failure. If a student fails, as a result, the teacher will be terminated. We believe in making an effort to ensure a successful outcome for every student, by being attentive to any difficulties the student may experience.”
After the swearing in a permanent sign was placed outside the college below the logo of the college that reads “IF A STUDENT FAILS, THE TEACHER WILL BE TERMINATED!”
Kuckelkorn is the first educator in the United States to place the blame of failure on the instructor not the student. "A revision of the way institutions public or private at every grade level that includes colleges and universities. Kuckelkorn believes we are not meeting the standards of today’s youth who demand more.
During the month of February and March 2008, Kuckelkorn and Director of Admissions Patrick Harmes will be criss-crossing the United States bringing the message of Failure and Termination to public and private schools K-12 as well as public and private colleges and universities. Patrick Harmes has said “it is time we challenge the teacher and not the student.”
Montecito Fine Arts College of Design in Monrovia, California provides training in 2D and 3D Animation, Advertising, Architecture, Environmental Design, Fashion Design, Film, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Product Design and Transportation Design. Students graduating from Montecito are prepared to go to the next level of education that level has included every higher learning institution from Harvard to Art Center College of Design. Many of the students have left Montecito and gone directly to a position in high fashion and architecture.
Kuckelkorn founded Montecito Fine Arts College of Design in 1977. Kuckelkorn believes that most important element for the 21st century is creative thinking. Kuckelkorn told reporters at the press unveiling “We moved from the agriculture age to the industrial age and we are now moving from the information age to the conceptual age. It is important that the teacher committ to unlocking the creative talent of the student.”
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