The Feds, And The New York Times, Double Down On Strategies That Fail Our Students
Huffington Post - 3 months
A few weeks before the election of Hillary Clinton as president, the New York Times offers an editorial criticizing s university based teacher education programs. Ironically titled "Help Teachers Before They Get to Class," the editorial proceeds to confuse and distort the purpose as well as the reality of teacher education programs.
Starting with an obligatory bow to the effective Finnish school system, the editorial hits the central tenets of the corporate reform agenda for schools including the assertion that US schools of education should, like the Finns, raise admissions standards. This is an astoundingly narrow conclusion from the broad evidence of what makes Finish teaching work. In the first place, teachers in Finland receive a much higher salary than in the US, one that places them firmly in an economically secure middle class. In the US, many teachers can't afford basic housing and living costs on their teaching salaries; a surprising number moonlight as Uber drivers,
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