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October 16, 2009



Describe a “great teacher. What are the critical attributes of a “great teacher” teaching five classes a day of lower income minority children who in this era of globalization see their parents jobless, helpless and feeling hopeless?

Private schools “cherry pick” their students. Public and charters don’t have that option. A demographic group that can pay tuition is “invested” in their children’s education and reinforces at home what is taught in school. We won’t discuss the experiences and opportunities their parent’s provide to them that are commensurate with their intellectual development. If they don’t behave, they can be permanently excluded. Talk about the rich getting richer.

E David

Private schools do not require their teachers to hold state-endorsed licenses, yet parents vote by pocketbook for these schools. What does that say about the quality of teacher licensing programs?

An excellent remedy to low teacher quality in public schools would be for top-notch liberal arts schools to offer, as some do, an add-on teaching license to supplement the BA or BS degree.

Great teachers can deploy deep subject knowledge, advanced critical thinking skills, and research-proven teaching techniques. Wouldn't it be great if we could revamp teaching programs to deliver all these things together?

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