Friday, October 23, 2009

Week 4: Are Teacher Colleges Producing Mediocre Teachers?

I found this interesting article in Time commenting on how today's American Education Colleges are not creating a higher echelon of teachers to bring our country's children to the forefront of 21st Century Technology and become competitive on a global scale.  Click here to read the article.  I also found some videos online that you guys might find interesting...

1 comment:

  1. In a word, yes. Yes, I believe teacher colleges are producing mediocre teachers. I am just finishing up with my second student teacher in two years and it has been the worst educational experience of my life. He is incapable of putting together a cohesive unit lesson; he doesn't get the big picture; it is all about him; he had never heard of Web 2.0 when I suggested he look at some tools for kids to use (besides powerpoint). He's a mess. I cannot in good conscience give him a recommendation. After three years and 9 weeks, he's still not ready to be in a classroom. It's unbelievable. He whines and cries about working a 12 hour day (which he's done once!) and called in sick without leaving lesson plans. I don't even know where to begin. I know the gist of the article is 21st Century skills, but it's all-around unpreparedness. It's a serious problem. Our students cannot compete on a global level when they have teachers who are content to remain mediocre.