Give it up for Celine Coggins and her merry band of bad-ass teachers, everyone. Lots of ideas in this space about sustaining teachers in Years 3 to 10.
For the next 2 weeks, this guest blogger is mostly talking rookies. Teachers in Year 1.
Let’s start here. Do teachers need education degrees? The New York Times offers 9 opinions (including mine).
Pat Welsh suggests “Stop filtering candidates through personnel offices obsessed with education courses and ‘certification,’ and allow individual schools to advertise for the positions they need, and then allow principals along with panels of teachers to” choose the right fit. (Sounds like: charter schools? Oh wait. Can’t be. They’re not innovative.*
Columbia’s Margaret Crocco trashes the parents who “may think that the best teacher their child could get would be a Teach for America recruit…As far as these parents are concerned, teaching boils down to talking.” Wow, I’m glad someone has analyzed the attitudes of some 300,000 parents across 35 high-poverty geographies….hmm….actually…I can’t quite find her research on the topic…maybe someone can provide linky help in the comments? Oh well, we all know that single moms living in poverty believe teaching boils down to talking, and therefore that TFA is bad.
What’s your take, folks, on ed degrees?
– Guestblogger Mike Goldstein
*Why is it that if a charter does an obvious thing that traditional schools nonetheless don’t do, it doesn’t count as an innovation; but if a charter school does something unusual, it’s too weird to be replicable?