by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Richard Vedder’s take on schools of education is nothing new, but it is still an enjoyable read. From The Chronicle of Higher Education website,
The bottom line: I have long favored defunding schools of education, disallowing state subsidies to universities for courses taken in them, and even making it a crime for school superintendents to knowingly hire graduates of colleges of education (that may be going too far, I admit).
Like Vedder, I worry about the “anti-knowledge culture in many education schools.” I have graduate degrees from two schools of education, so I have witnessed this phenomenon firsthand.
Nevertheless, I am not one of those critics that would simply disband (or criminalize) education schools. Many of the problems associated with schools of education exist in other academic departments and disciplines throughout the academy. In other words, higher education, not just the modern education school, is broken.