More troubling developments in the preparation of teachers. The business model of turning over education to just anybody still prevails with potentially disastrous consequences. Why these policy makers and the media refuse to acknowledge the research on these programs is boggling to the mind.
Most disturbing to this former social studies teacher is that the statement that “the role of school in democracy” is part of the problem. Abandoning the role of public education in preparing kids to function in a democratic society is not only wrongheaded but against the thought every Founding Father we have--this is so very dangerous.
Alternate Path for Teachers Gains Ground
Officials in Washington, D.C. and New York have stepped up criticisms that teacher education schools are still too focused on theory and not enough on the craft of effective teaching. This week, the New York State Board of Regents will vote on whether to expand the role of the alternative organizations by allowing them to create their own master's degree programs. While alternative programs now operate in most states, only a few, including Rhode Island and Louisiana, allow these programs to effectively certify their own teachers.
....Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, said she had another concern — the potential separation of teacher training from what she called an “explosion of new research” into how children learn. Teachers College has chosen not to team up with alternative programs, in part because of philosophical differences over the concept of anointing a neophyte to be the “teacher of record” — the one responsible for a classroom — from the first day of school. “We’re at a huge frontier when it comes to understanding learning,” she said. “Divorcing teacher preparation from this research would suggest to me that you would prepare doctors with hands-on tools without their benefiting from medical research.”
A powerful point....Thoughts?
(New York Times, 04/19/10)
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