It occurs to me that we may need to start on this blog a "Quick and the Ed Watch" category. It's not that we want to, you see; it's that somebody needs to.
The reason is exemplified by Kevin Carey's latest post about John McCain, in which the blogger is upset by the following sentence, from McCain's speech to the NAACP, that laments that talented people without proper certification are barred from teaching in public schools: "They don't have all the proper credits in educational ???theory' or ???methodology'--all they have is learning and the desire and ability to share it."
Carey is exercised by the inclusion within quotation marks ("contemptuous quotes," he calls them) of theory and methodology. Such punctuative liberty is "ridiculous," Carey writes. Furthermore, he continues, it "is garden variety anti-intellectualism and doesn't speak well of Senator McCain's approach to policy or other matters."
But are we so sure that knowing about educational theory and methodology, be they quoted contemptuously or not, is a necessary condition for effectively running a classroom? Is it not true that much of this theory and methodology is a relatively...