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A while back I admit, but at Berea College, we entered the teaching program the first semester of our freshman year and withing the first month were placed in classrooms to act as teachers aides and to get hands on experience. We had education courses (yes, theory and how to teach stuff that seems to be despised by many from the IU program.)while taking our general required courses and our major courses. Yes, we majored in a subject (at the high school level) and had a minor in education. The PRAXIS exams were only just beginning to take hold and we were not required to take or pass these basic tests. Prior to our student teaching semester, we were placed in various classrooms to observe, assist, or instruct--and not always in our subject area. Berea challenged us.

Of course, Berea is and has always been an exceptional school. The teachers were not just about pedagogy, they also worked in classrooms teaching subjects other than teacher education courses (even at the local schools), unlike those in our academic programs now who have their heads so far up the ivory tower they could not put together a reasoned response to tony and mitch and prove that they were already doing what they are now being forced to do. And is it not interesting that teacher education programs have no scientifically based research to back up their program/course requirements? I have been asking for this for years, no response. Why do IU or Purdue require x number of hours in y courses? Why one semester of student teaching instead of two? Why wait until two years into college to admit students into the program? Why do we set the cut scores on the Praxis exams below 80% What is the theory behind their program and what data support that theory?

Why do so many IU students complain that their coursework is not helpful or needed? Etc. Good Day.

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