An interesting discussion on The New York Times “Room for Debate” blog about teachers and qualifications. Read here. Here’s an excerpt. Hope you’ve all had a nice weekend! xo, m
PS- My favorite song of the day was “Ceremony” by New Order. This surprises/ amuses me.
“Teaching is an incredibly complex and difficult enterprise. Little about the job comes to people naturally. Prospective teachers need to learn such mundane but crucial skills as how to keep their classrooms orderly and centered on the topics at hand. Most important, at the same time, they have to learn how to make the subject matter of their content area accessible and worth knowing for their students, no easy task given the increasingly diverse backgrounds of these students. When ed schools are doing their job these are the kinds of things prospective teachers learn so can they start their careers better able to handle the intense and unrelenting demands of teaching.”
Jeffrey Mirel is the David L. Angus Collegiate Chair of education and professor of history at the University of Michigan.