From both sides

Yesterday, John McCain had this to say about teacher education programs:

“We should also offer more choices to those who wish to become teachers,” McCain said. “Many thousands of highly qualified men and women have great knowledge, wisdom, and experience to offer public school students. But a monopoly on teacher certification prevents them from getting that chance. You can be a Nobel Laureate and not qualify to teach in most public schools today. They don’t have all the proper credits in educational ‘theory’ or ‘methodology’ — all they have is learning and the desire and ability to share it. If we’re putting the interests of students first, then those qualifications should be enough.”

Why is that politicians can blast both teacher education programs and teacher unions with no blowback at all? Nearly all teachers begin with teacher education and are represented by unions; yet both seem to bear all the blame for all that is wrong in education. What’s interesting, too, is the way that politicians can profess love for teachers but can disrespect their origins and their current organization.

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