Monday, March 20, 2006

One School of Education closed, how many more to go?

As recorded in Ed School Follies: The Miseducation of America's Teachers, Rita Kramer spent a year attending various Schools of Educations around the United States. What she found was pretty scary. The students were not being taught how to teach. They were being encouraged to change the world, without any real understanding of the world. Rita documented many problems with the Schools of Education.

It looks like Peter Wood came to the same conclusion. He is provost at King's College and decided to close the School of Education there. Here is a column by Peter about why he decided to close it down.

One of the things I was surprised to learn is a BA from a School of Education in New York is a bit useless. All teachers are required to get a Masters within five years.

Peter ends by challenge other provosts and college predsidents to close their Schools of Education.

(Hat tip: Joanne Jacobs)

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1 comment:

Dana said...

My alma mater has a pretty good education program...we learned that the only thing you can teach or those things that can be objectively measured. Everything measurable was a learned behavior. We learned that the human is a product of his environment, and if you controlled the environment, you could train the children to perform certain behaviors (including testing well.)

Maybe this is more relevant under your post on character...but since character isn't measurable, my university coursework says it is irrelevant.

I was so happy to be done with the insanity...we weren't taught what to teach...I actually ran into trouble with having too many credits in my content area. Can't have those teachers know too much about their subject...methodology reigns supreme...