Are Education Schools Our Weakest Link?
In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Larry Sand writes about the feebleness of most American education schools. He’s a graduate of one and, as a teacher outside of the education establishment, can see how they get in the way of the ideal training of teachers.
Our K–12 system works poorly for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is the mandate that (with a few exceptions) schools must employ “certified” teachers, who can obtain certification only if they first get their education-school credentials. Doing away with that mandate would compel ed schools to do a much better job — by abandoning their opposition to “old fashioned” teaching techniques that are effective and their enthusiasm for “social justice” advocacy — or else go out of business.