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July 29, 2009

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Entrepreneur

{"Everyone has had a teacher that knew their content but couldn't teach to save their life" - in a charter school that person would be fired.

In a unionized public school that person would be be protected.}

I DISAGREE! As an individual with a background in education, I have developed professional relationships with several charter school leaders and teachers, in addition to the unionized public school administration and faculty. In the majority of the situations, the charter schools take the off-casts of the public schools, the teachers so lousy they are fired from their public school employment. In my town, we have 3 charter schools - 90% of their employees were fired by the local school systems.

Gary Clabaugh

Where I teach at La Salle University in Pennsylvania prospective high school teachers must master a more demanding subject matter curriculum than a typical major. And we didn't cut education requirements to accomplish this. After all, even a Superintendent of Public Instruction should know you can't improve teaching by insuring that its practitioners know less about it.

Rob H.

I encourage you to read the proposal closely. In actuality this lowers standards for teachers and runs counter to the research on student achievement. Look for the data that backs up this proposal (hint: there isn't any). Everyone has a had a teacher that knew their content but couldn't teach to save their life.

BOB COMPTON COMMENTS:

"Everyone has had a teacher that knew their content but couldn't teach to save their life" - in a charter school that person would be fired.

In a unionized public school that person would be be protected.

Bob Ballentine

Yes, 'highly knowledgeable in the content areas they're teaching' is one very important key to solving the problem of the education gap. As a former English Department Chair, I have been appalled by the number of applicants with weak credentials. It is clear that still, our best and brightest are not, en masse, entering teaching.

Those who are the best and brightest often continue on to graduate school and college teaching. Why? The other dropping shoes of public education: the bureaucratic nightmare of certification; the pc atmosphere that sacrifices knowledge on the altar of pc feelgood pedagogy.

Al Meyers

Thanks for the post, Bob. I continue to be baffled as to why the education establishment is putting the onus on teachers. Education reform is a multi-faceted problem. Teachers are only one part of it. You have to fix the pedagogy first. Then you have to do what it takes (training, compensation, etc) to make teaching a desirable profession, not the "occupation of last resort." Only then will be raise the competencies of our teachers on par with their peers in other parts of the world. More on this can be found on my own blog, www.reinventedsolutions.com

Al Meyers

Allison Squires

Hopefully, Dr. Tony Bennett's proposition will be a catalyst for other states to raise education standards!

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