According to Arnie Duncan, teacher education programs are “part of the problem.”
- Does he mean the fact that in the last 15 years public schools have been turned into test prep factories and that students now receive less instruction in art, music and physical education prior to NCLB and RttT?
- Does he mean the fact that veteran teachers are leaving the profession in droves because of the demeaning atmosphere fostered by the “competitive” environment resulting from RttT?
- Does he mean the fact that more public schools that serve the most economically disadvantaged kids have been closed and replaced with sub par charter schools that divert public tax dollars into the hands of private Education Management Organizations?
- Does he mean that the most economically disadvantaged kids are now taught by “teachers” with 6 weeks of training?
I am a teacher educator in a teacher education program and I’m positive we had nothing to do with the problems listed above?
So what about the solution?
some sort of competitive initiative to foster innovation in schools of education.
Huh? The last time I checked the RESEARCH, the entire reform movement based on the corporate ideology of competition has been a disaster. And what the hell would competition in schools of education look like anyway? Bulletin Board design competitions? Smart Board trouble shooting competitions? Three-legged directed reading lesson races?
I’m starting to think Friedman might have been onto something. It might be time for a little Race to the Top for the State Department.
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