Of course I’m going to take a jab at this crap. However, I’m not really that concerned with the usual suspects. We already know the National Council on Teacher Quality (Not really a national council) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (most with no education credentials) support radically altering teacher certification in a direction that has no basis in any research other than marketing analyses that show that this would create a boom for edu- entrepreneurs.
No this is directed at Education Week.
From the article cited above:
Janice Poda, the director of the CCSSO’S Strategic Initiative for the Education Workforce, said the task force concluded that reforms to certification are necessary because licensing no longer signals quality.
“The public does not have a lot of faith in licensure meaning that a teacher is qualified or effective. It’s lost its ability to communicate that a person is ready for the classroom,” she said. “We will raise the import of what it means. … It should be more than a completion of a set of courses.”
Why does Education Week publish this crap? Or, why does Education Week refuse to engage in journalism? Or does Education Week have any journalistic integrity? And why do corporate education reformers get to say what ever the hell they want in the pages of Education Week?
Let’s be honest (a policy @the chalk face). Janice Poda (director of the CCSSO’S Strategic Initiative for the Education Workforce) can say anything she wants. However, Education Week and Mr. Sawchuk should have the integrity to immediately inform readers that there isn’t any research in peer-reviewed journals that substantiates anything that Ms. Poda asserts above.
Also, the “failed teacher certification crappy schools of education and that’s the reason we have crappy teachers and crappy schools” narrative on which this article is based should be revealed for what it really is —just another part of the contrived rhetoric of the corporate education reformers.
Education Week. Please inform readers that NCTQ and CCSSO’s vision of teacher preparation is based on an ideology—one that believes in free market mentality over findings based in rigorous peer-reviewed research.
Geez! Every day it gets harder and harder to know your enemy.
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