Opinion: Fixing teacher education

08/3/2011 | Washington Post, The

Arthur Levine, the former president of Columbia University's Teachers College, writes that the country must take a hard look at how it educates teachers. Too many universities have teacher-preparation programs with low standards and weak requirements on classroom time for developing teachers, he writes. Instead of starting new teacher-training programs, Levine suggests that states use data on the teachers that leave universities' education programs to close poor-performers and strengthen effective programs.

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