by Barbara Rosoff
There is a hot debate taking place today in the arena of secular school teacher preparation. It is truly a great debate in which the National Council on Teaching Quality just issued a study noting that the “Training of Teachers” is flawed. Kate Walsh, president of the Council, noted that “this is shaping up to be a battle royale, not just between the education schools and us, but between K-12 education and higher ed.”
Much of the battle focuses on student teaching, the standards of which (i.e., how many weeks required by each school of education) are structured differently in each school of education. Models of education also concentrate on diverse areas; some pay more attention to traditional classroom study, others point to student teaching as being more significant.