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Should We Tinker with Ed Schools?



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In today’s Pope Center piece, I write about a new AEI paper reporting what has been widely known for a long time: Education schools take in weak students and give them high grades. The author suggests that the schools should demand more stringent grading, but that merely scratches the surface of the problem.

If it weren’t for state regulations, which mandate that almost all public-school teachers get their “training” in approved programs, these schools would be much different if they’d exist at all. The Japanese, notably, don’t have ed schools at all.



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