Monthly Archives: March 2012

Teacher Education Policies and Standards

Though some policy makers are well intentioned and informed, there are others who are not motivated by high ideals.  Nor do they understand the nature and complexities of educational reform. As a result, we have misguided and harmful policies for … Continue reading

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How do we honestly, fairly and helpfully evaluate teacher candidates and their programs?

Teacher education should be evaluated, but how do we honestly, fairly and helpfully determine if they are performing their responsibilities to an acceptable degree. Evaluation of teacher programs is a normative and relative activity: their quality depends on the circle … Continue reading

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Do the suggested teacher education reform policies work?

Will policies that create low salaries and status, poor working conditions and denigrate teachers help teacher educators attract the best and brightest and encourage them to inspire their teacher candidates so that they in turn will inspire their future students? … Continue reading

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Who is responsible for getting the “best and brightest” into teaching?

I agree that “Great teaching starts with getting the best and brightest into teaching, and making sure their education equips them to succeed at inspiring students in the classroom” (Snyder, 2011, p. 9). What policies are likely to attract the … Continue reading

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Is teacher education broken? Can it be improved? Will government help?

Is teacher education broken? That depends on your perspective. I see teacher education as a part of an ailing and corrupt political and economic system that is blaming many of the problems policy makers have failed to address in society, … Continue reading

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Philanthropy and Our Better Natures

Of the limiting materialistic views is the belief that humans are motivated largely by animal instincts and self-interest. It is true that we have these tendencies, but we also have higher natures, that, if properly developed, lead to altruism, cooperation … Continue reading

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What is the role of politicians and philanthropists in reforming teacher education?

Teacher education has become the object of criticism from several sectors (Cruz, 2009), most influentially from politicians and philanthropists. For example, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan stated “By almost any standard, many if not most of the nation’s … Continue reading

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