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Ed School Follies by Rita Kramer
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May 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: politics-economics
Read from May 11 to 13, 2011

A little dated (done in 1988) but a very thorough and honest look at what goes on in America's teacher-education programs. Having been in one briefly myself and hightailed it right back to the liberal arts school in disgust, I understand completely what Kramer saw--in fact, I was in teacher training myself in 1988. But after my fiasco of a class in Educational Psychology, where we sat around, gave each other various tests, and then emoted about the results, and in which everyone who showed up consistently got an "A", I decided that wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. Not that I didn't want to teach--I did. But I wanted to teach SOMETHING, not continually ask people how things made them "feel." Ugh. I would love to see a similar book NOW to see if things have improved much--but I doubt they have.
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James Carter No, they've gotten much worse today. I speak as a former teacher who has taught mathematics for 3 years recently.

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