Are colleges of education an 'industry of mediocrity?'
- According to "Teacher Prep Review," a report released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S News & World Report, colleges of education are "an industry of mediocrity" that produce droves of unprepared K-12 teachers.
- The report is part of an effort to rate the quality of 1,130 programs that train around 99% of U.S. teachers, and its findings are based on analyses of education programs' syllabi and handbooks.
- The programs were measured on a four-star scale, with around 75% earning two or fewer stars, less than 10% earning three stars or better and only four programs at Furman, Lipscomb, Vanderbilt and Ohio State receiving four stars.
From the article:
... About 14 percent of the programs, 162 in all, were given the lowest rating, no stars. In the report, those programs were marked with a "consumer alert," signified by an exclamation point in a bright yellow triangle. They were judged to be so lacking in quality that the students attending them were unlikely to realize much return on their investment because they had not received "even minimal training." ...
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