Monthly Archives: June 2012

Knowing and Loving: The Moral Craft of Teaching

Education should give children the ability and desire to seek truth. It should develop an appreciation for the oneness of humanity and the need for unity in diversity and should free students from the prejudices and fanaticism that hamper development. … Continue reading

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Understanding Social and Economic Development

The systems and theories that have promised answers to ourĀ social and economic problemsĀ have failed to deliver. A proper understanding of the past is important to understand the present and to responsibly prepare for the future. Many non-governmental organizations (NGO) have … Continue reading

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Diane Ravitch Urges Others to Read my Book, “Education Under Attack”

I have recently started following Diane Ravitch’s blog. I highly recommended it for those interested in education. She is one of the most influential and insightful voices speaking for education as she combines the virtues of truth, love and justice … Continue reading

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Criticisms of Teacher Education Programs

Teacher education has become the object of criticism from several sectors. The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan (2009), has made public statements on what he says is the mediocrity of teacher education. Like many of the attacks on education … Continue reading

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What Should Teachers Know and be Able to Do

Though we all should have an opportunity to become what we want, that does not mean we could or would do a good job at all things. Not everyone who wants to become a teacher is well suited for teaching. … Continue reading

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Effectively Evaluating Teachers

Teachers and teacher education can be and should be evaluated. The evaluation of those hoping to become teachers is the primary responsibility of teacher education programs and certifying agencies. These programs are to identify capable candidates and help them develop … Continue reading

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Myths About Low Academic Standards of Teachers

Note: The following is a chapter from my new book, Education Under Attack, available on this website under “Books and Papers.” In the perception on many in our society, teaching is for mediocre students and teacher education programs admit and … Continue reading

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