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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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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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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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