Are New Teachers Ready to Teach?

Are New Teachers Ready to Teach? In this second installment of OpEducation, we asked six writers to respond to the following statement:

Teacher preparation has been a hot topic for years in the education community. But now more than ever the nation seems focused on teacher quality and performance in the classroom. How well are teacher education programs preparing future teachers? What elements are essential for the successful preparation of novice teachers entering the classroom?

Read short essays below by Christian J. Faltis, Christina Hall, Heather Harding, Anthony Mullen, Ronald Thorpe, and Anne Udall. To read Commentaries about new teacher preparation, check out the "Teacher Prep" Web collection.

The principals who hire teachers-and the children they teach-deserve assurance that a teacher will be effective.


Learning to teach well requires a deep understanding of learners and their development, which includes ways to support students who have learning differences or difficulties.


It is clear to me that there is a growing need to introduce assessment literacy in preservice programs.


In medicine, more than 90 percent of physicians are board certified. In education, the number is less than 3 percent.


New teachers are not treated with the same level of professionalism, compensation, preparation, and reverence as other equivalent professionals.


We must also insist that only masterful, thoughtful, and proven educators can adequately teach the teachers.


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