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Union Boss: What’s the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

Surtr Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 11:11 AM
Interesting story. Perhaps we need to rethink the education of teachers. Instead of granting a monopoly on teaching licenses to Education majors, they should be available to people of any major so long as they pass the proposed tests and complete some form of training on presenting to children.
TommyMaq Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 1:46 PM
A lot of private schools now reject people with education certificates, rightly recognizing them as proof that someone is a drone and sucker willing to jump through a million useless hoops while failing to learn useful things like science, math, geography, language or history.

I began my career fixing computers in the largest and most prestigious teaching college in the USA. Most of the people I met were dull and slow, and I was just 19, majoring in Astronomy, noticing that lack.

Thomas Sowell is a worthy correspondent on the subject of teaching colleges, why they are so worthless, and why they attract the bottom third of academia.
Robert97 Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 1:43 PM
NJ has a program to certify teachers with other than Education majors.

When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, EAGnews.org reported.

But some of Weingarten’s underlings don’t know what all the fuss is about. She either didn’t run the idea past her deputies, or they didn’t approve and she trotted it out anyway.

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise.

"What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...