Universities are still best place to train teachers, report says

A new report backs up academics’ fears about the coalition policy of shifting more teacher training into schools
Joy Carter, vice-chancellor of Winchester University, in her office

Joy Carter, vice-chancellor of Winchester University, says: ‘If the quality of teaching plummets any further, we are in trouble as a country’. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

For months, university leaders have been moaning about the increasing transfer of control of teacher-training programmes in England from universities to schools.

While most have insisted their concerns are for the future of English education, their objections have also carried a strong whiff of self-interest: the changes introduced by the government involve increasing the number of training places available in schools through the School Direct programme and cutting those funded through universities, leaving them at the mercy of schools’ desires rather than their own strategic planning. Συνέχεια

Is teacher education a disaster?

By Valerie Strauss/




One of the biggest debates in public education today is over how to best educate student teachers for the rigors of the classroom. This is the third and final part of a series on the subject by scholar Mike Rose, who is on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of  books that include Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education and Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America. A revised and expanded version of his latest book, Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us“, is due out in February.

You can find the first of the three parts of the series, titled “Why educating the educators is complex,” by clicking here, and the second part, “What’s right — and very wrong — with the teacher education debate,” here. Here’s the third: Συνέχεια

How the Corporate Class Is Using Teach for America to Turn K-12 Teaching Into a Temporary, Low-Paying Job

Having seen how it operates from the inside, I’m convinced that TFA serves to privatize public education.

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January 7, 2014  |
 When I joined Teach For America in the spring of 2011 I had no idea that my belief in social and economic justice was about to be cynically exploited by the corporate class. As a former development manager for a nonprofit that serves low-income Chicago public school students, TFA’s claims that its corps members and alumni are helping lead an educational revolutionin low-income communities across the country spoke to me. Naively seduced by TFA’s do-gooder marketing pitch, I charged ahead on a mission to close the academic “achievement gap” that TFA blames on incompetent (read unionized) teachers. Συνέχεια