Educator: Create better university programs to train better teachers

Fixing the nation's schools requires that the study of education be valued at the university level, argues Susan Engel, director of the teaching program at Williams College. Programs should be highly selective and free of charge, writes Engel in this opinion piece, and should include in-depth study of a candidate's subject of choice reinforced with intense in-field mentoring and observation -- similar to that of a surgeon-in-training.

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