September 2006 Archives

A high-profile new study has painted a bleak picture of the teacher-education field, saying that the majority of education schools offer low-quality programs that fail to prepare aspiring teachers for the classroom. Among other things, the report—by the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, Arthur E. Levine—contends that most teacher-education programs have low admission and graduation standards, lack a cohesive approach to preparing educators, and have failed to keep pace with issues facing the nation's school system today. What's your view? How effective are teacher-education programs today? What changes need be made? How best can new educators...


A new study finds that a teacher's gender has a significant effect on students' academic performance, perhaps contributing to national achievement gaps between boys and girls. What's your view?


Do you plan to commemorate or discuss 9/11's anniversary in your class? What approach do you plan to take? What do you think it's most important for students to learn about that day and its aftermath?


Should teachers be allowed to use computer software to "electronically assess" students' written work?


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