The recent report on education schools from the National Council on Teacher Quality continues to draw analysis. In this piece, Ohio University professor Richard Vedder gives his take on the lack of rigorous, on-target preparation of teachers. First, a recap of some of the report’s conclusions:
Teachers should earn degrees in academic disciplines, and undergo a modest amount of teacher preparation that at the secondary level is almost exclusively student teaching, working with seasoned high quality professionals, while primary and special education teachers should also receive a small number of courses dealing with the special problems of teaching those with immature minds or physical or mental disabilities. The supply of good teachers will expand, and universities will be free of an albatross that simply has not worked well, either for them or society.
Recently, I talked with Terry Stoops, JLF’s director of research and education studies, about this report and his recommendations. You can hear the interview here. It is part of episode #529.