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<< In the matter of requiring new TAs to take psychological personality profiles, what should be done with thise whose results demonstrate, according to the test, insufficient aptitude for college teaching? Do we really want to suggest that TAships should be revoked or denied because thereof? >> Yes, I think so. Are they not *supposed* to be capable of teaching? If we pretend that anyone who knows the subject matter can teach it, we are deluding ourselves. If our purpose is to *educate* our students, then we are obligated to screen those who are on the front lines to be sure they are capable of teaching. This need not take the form of personality tests, certainly not exclusively, but I recall taking courses in fairly complex subjects from TAs whose command of spoken English--the language of instruction--was virtually nonexistent, and no amount of nonverbal communication could make up the deficit. Both that person and the countless calculus classes he taught would have been far better off had he been given a research assistantship instead. When I was about to embark on my first semester as a TA many years ago, I took a two-day seminar in teaching methods. It has proven invaluable. Many senior faculty, I dare say, would benefit from such a seminar. So, yes, absolutely, we should use every reasonable means at our disposal to ensure that our TAs are capable of and suited for teaching. Stephen Taylor Middle Tennessee State University