September 30, 2000 |
State officials have given final approval to higher academic standards for prospective Pennsylvania teachers three years after Gov. Ridge first proposed the change. The standards require college students to have higher grade point averages and take more rigorous courses in the subjects they want to teach in order to graduate as certified teachers. The plan also raises admission standards for those who want to enter these programs. During the legislative review, schools of education expressed concern that some worthy future teachers would be deterred from the profession for want of a few decimal points on a grade point average.
May 28, 2004
Re: "Teacher plans are infeasible," Currents, May 23: Matthew Miller's commentary on the problem of teacher quality in poor schools raises some old and new issues. The problem is how to attract and retain the best teachers for the most difficult schools. The main thing that is making teaching an attractive choice today is the dismal job market elsewhere. Teacher salary, however, still lags way behind other professions with similar requirements. And then there are the inequities in the historic funding formula for schools.
April 15, 2000 |
The nation's second-largest teachers' union yesterday called for an overhaul in how new teachers are screened and prepared, including requiring that they pass a rigorous national licensure test. After a two-year study, the American Federation of Teachers advocated a major revamping of teacher education that would mean at least five years of preparation, require even prospective elementary teachers to major in an academic subject, and include far more clinical practice in schools.
November 11, 2009 |
Every new teacher wants to believe four years of college and a degree in education are sufficient preparation for the tough job of teaching. In reality, new teachers need better training and support on the job to succeed, especially in urban districts such as Philadelphia's. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is trying to bridge the gap between new teachers' theoretical knowledge and the demands of urban classrooms by offering its own professional development. The union developed an intensive induction program, Strong Beginnings, which provided 500 new teachers last summer with courses on classroom management, effective instruction, working with parents and communities, and more.
July 21, 1998
Teaching, standards and improving the profession I find it puzzling that the suggestion in "A lesson in mediocrity: How teachers are trained and chosen" (Inquirer, July 12) for improving the profession is to eliminate all standards for teachers. How, I wonder, is this supposed to enhance teacher quality? The argument put forward by Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) and others is that because some teachers lack content-area knowledge, we can improve teaching by giving prospective teachers more content knowledge while eliminating teaching courses.
July 19, 1999
Hiring good teachers is one of the most effective school reforms. So it's heartening that more college students are saying they aspire to be schoolteachers. The demand will be there, as the nation will need 2 million new teachers in the next decade. A 1998 survey of freshmen at 600 colleges, released by UCLA last week, reported that just over 10 percent said they want to teach. That's the highest percentage found in this annual survey since the early 1970s and nearly twice the low point, which came in 1982.
October 22, 2002 |
Education is one of those issues about which everyone is a self-perceived expert, even when starting sentences with "I'm not an expert, but . . . " I was contemplating this fact after a national education-reform organization asked me to comment as an "expert" on the quality of teaching in America. One of the questions I was asked was why, as a university president, I gave so much attention to issues related to the education of teachers. The answer to that question was simple.
January 30, 1992 |
Starting in September, plumbers and other trade and vocational workers can become teachers without ever going to college. New state requirements will allow vocational teachers to become certified on the job, not in a college classroom. The concept is not new. For years now, New Jersey has had a program in which people who want to teach can be hired to do that, as long as they have a bachelor's degree, pass a basic communications test and get special assistance in the first year of teaching.
February 14, 1988 |
Calling new state teacher training requirements "condescending" and blaming the Pennsylvania Department of Education for setting unrealistic deadlines, school superintendents, teachers and administrators spoke out against the program during a two-hour meeting Tuesday at Lionville Junior High School. Under a new law, Act 178, passed by the state legislature in December 1986, every school district in Pennsylvania must this year write a detailed plan to provide teachers with up-to-date training in education methods or face losing all state funding.
November 13, 1988 |
Proposed changes in the National Teachers Examinations have brought favorable reviews from state and area school officials. Although the state only uses 11 of the NTE's 40 tests for teaching certification, officials approve of the proposed changes, which would test applicants on teaching skills gained during college rather than only on factual knowledge. Frederica Haas, director of the state's Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification, said the new tests would be better for identifying a potential teacher's skills.