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June 04, 2009


Jamila Thomas

Why not have subject area teachers in Elementary Schools? Many Asian countries follow this system. Teachers are happy because they plan for one subject only -- the subject of their choice and strength.


Bob - Great post....if MA has this problem, one has to wonder how the other (not so progressive) states would do in a certification process.

One practical solution is for leading universities to offer a specific Bachelor's program in Elementary Education and Masters program in Middle and High School Education.

Many countries like China, India, UK have these types of college choices - perhaps, each state should form a 3-5 person commission and study the best practices from other nations and institute one that is applicable to each state...

Perhaps we have a business model here to "train the teachers" for excellence in proficiency in specific elementary grades (k - 5)....

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