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Schools of Education are Part of the Problem (Townhall.com) July 16, 2013

Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.

A new report discloses that a key part of the underperformance of K-12 education is a failure in how we train and prepare teachers. The National Council on Teacher Quality examined over 1100 schools and departments of education to see how well teachers are trained. Only 4 colleges received the highest rating—4 stars—and less than 10 percent of them received even 3 stars.

One problem is that schools lack high standards for students to enter teacher training programs. Few schools require rigorous preparation in the content they will teach, preferring softer methodology courses. Imagine a heart surgeon who doesn’t really know the heart. The report also found that few schools required a rigorous student teaching or mentoring experience.

Education is about great teachers, and our schools of education are failing to produce that.

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