One oft overlooked consequence of the current
financial situation is that many newly minted teachers, straight out of the
nation’s 1,200-odd ed schools, are finding it hard to get work. In comes former-Teachers
College president (and ed-school critic) Art Levine with an interesting notion:
If we need fewer teachers at present, we presumably need fewer programs through
which to train them. Which is an opportunity, he explains, for states to
shutter some of their lower-quality programs (more on this from NCTQ next year)—and
allow those still in operation to be much more selective. But then he stumbles.
Going further, he writes “It is also expensive to operate multiple systems for
educating teachers, especially if the reason is that one system is not working
well,” essentially calling for a clamp down on promising new models of teacher
certification, like Teach For America—that themselves have very high standards
and selectiveness. So read Levine’s article—but take his advice selectively.
|Click to listen to commentary on Levine's piece from the Education Gadfly Show podcast