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Professionalism and the Public Good: A Brief History of Teacher Certification

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Why does our system of teacher certification emphasize training in pedagogy rather than subject-matter knowledge? The answer can be found in this report, which traces the emergence of state control over teacher certification. The focus is on efforts by the teacher education establishment to gain monopoly control over the licensing of teachers.

Good Science, Bad Science: Teaching Evolution in the States

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More than one-third of the states get low grades for the standards they have developed for teaching evolution, according to this new report. This report is the first comprehensive analysis of how each state handles evolution in its science standards for the public schools.

Politicizing Science Education

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Science as a search for truth has come under attack from both the left and the right. This report explores four case studies of threats to the integrity of science education.

Why Education Experts Resist Effective Practices (And What It Would Take to Make Education More Like Medicine)

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Education experts tend to ignore research-based practices like Direct Instruction and instead embrace constructivist methods that are not backed by good research. This report by Douglas Carnine explains why.

Growing Better Teachers in the Garden State

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This report explains how New Jersey has implemented high standards for teachers without causing a teacher shortage by creating an alternative certification program.

The Quest For Better Teachers: Grading The States

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Most states are beginning to get serious about boosting the quality of their teaching force. Unfortunately, most of the steps they are taking point in the wrong direction. This "report card" contains plenty of evidence of that fact-together with some happy exceptions and hopeful signs.

Better Teachers, Better Schools

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According to this 250-page volume, proposed federal and state policies aimed at boosting teacher quality may well worsen the problem. Instead of adding even more regulation to the teacher training system, policymakers should open up the profession to well-educated individuals and should hold principals accountable for student learning.

The Teachers We Need and How to Get More of Them

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A policy statement endorsed by governors, chief state school officers, state board members, prominent education thinkers and analysts, and veteran practitioners, which sets forth principles and policies to guide states as they prepare to hire a teaching force for the 21st century.

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