Ken Jones: A thankless job

June 19, 2013 

A thankless job

The controversial new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality tries to shock us with its findings that our brightest students do not seek admission to schools of education, and those who do graduate from education programs are ill-prepared to teach our most demanding students (“Report: Most teacher ed programs are substandard” June 19).

Surprisingly money and prestige do play a part when people make decisions about their future careers.

As to the other “finding” that graduates are not adequately prepared to teach, one cannot really expect anything else. At the secondary level, a teacher must have a deep knowledge of the subject as well as a thorough understanding of adolescent development and pedagogical practices. The idea that anyone could master all of that in four (or even six) years and by spending only four months student teaching is laughable.

Since we don’t want to pay, treat or train our teachers as real professionals, everyone simply does the best they can with what they have. Which is actually the best training anyone can have to prepare a teacher for life in the classroom.

Ken Jones, Chapel Hill

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