Education secretary Arne Duncan has recently announced a major push to improve schools of education. As the New York Times reports, “the Education Department would negotiate changes to the rules governing what information the nation’s 1,400 teachers’ colleges and university programs must report to Washington. The department wants them to report how many graduates fill shortage positions, like teaching math in high-poverty schools; how satisfied school principals are with their preparation; and how much the graduates help students learn once they get to the classroom, based on their students’ test scores.”
I’m skeptical that changing reporting requirements will drive the kind of transformation Secretary Duncan claims to be seeking. Still, I’ve appreciated his focus on upgrading teacher education. There’s a lot of room for improvement!
The latest issue of Education Next features an article entitled, “Low Expectations: an Insider’s View of Ed Schools.” The author draws a sharp contrast between her demanding undergraduate education and the subsequent education masters degree program that she pursued. My own experience with education courses was pretty similar, and like this teacher, I ultimately learned a lot more from talented peers than from education professors.
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