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The Teachers We Need Vs. The Teachers We Have: The Realities And The Possibilities
Misinformation and propaganda abound about the quality of teacher preparation in the United States. The Teachers We Need vs. the Teachers We Have reveals exactly how American teachers are taught, describes the wide disparities in the preparation of teachers across states, depicts how market-driven teacher preparation waters down the quality of teachers, and explains how ...more
Paperback, 119 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Rowman & Littlefield Education
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I found this book so frustrating. Perhaps it's meant as a very simplistic, very basic overview of trends in teacher preparation in the U.S., but even there, it failed me. I valued the author's discussions of the emergence and rise to prominence of "alternative certification" programs for entrants into the teaching profession, and international teaching certification requirements. But nearly all the comparisons he draws--between NEA (not any other teacher organizations, mind you, just NEA) and ...more
One tenet of the prevailing culture of education reform is an emphasis on alternate routes to teacher certification. Sometimes bypassing (and sometimes concomitant with) the university system that has traditionally supplied the nation’s public schools with well-prepared teacher candidates, a variety of enterprising profiteers have interjected themselves into the supply chain. Lawrence Baines’s 2010 book The Teachers We Need vs. The Teachers We Have explores the rise of this phenomenon, the ...more
May 23, 2010 Courtney rated it liked it
Recommends it for: educators
Recommended to Courtney by: Dr. Lawrence Baines
As an alternatively certified teacher, it pains me to agree with this text: as Dr. Baines' research assistant who helped find a lot of this information, I know it to be true. The reality is that the implementation of unregulated alternative certification programs has diminished the reputation and productivity of the teaching profession. This text maps out the certification requirements of each state and draws a chilling parallel with lower student performance.