Sunday, September 26, 2010

Education in America

The past month on CNN and MSNBC there has been a huge push in what is the United States doing to improve education.

The main points: schools, teachers, unions, students and parents.

One issue not discussed is the colleges and universities that produce the teachers. What is the criterion used to determine whether or not an incoming freshman would make a good teacher if not a great teacher. Have colleges taken a serious look at their educational majors to make sure they create 21st Century teachers. Do they have an outside group that can provide and out of the box review? Or something along the line of NAEYC (National Association Education of Young Children) that can accredit a college’s early and elementary education.

One example: Kennesaw State University has a math program built to provide more teachers in arithmetic. The person running program said she had a few students who were having difficulty understanding the subject. I asked how can you expect someone who can’t grasp math concepts to teach it, why not explain to the student this may not be her area of expertise. Her response I can’t do that.


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