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Getting Better Classroom Teachers

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) stated that Colleges of Education need to set higher standards for admission and need to give aspiring educators more exposure to classrooms during their training.  The group said that being in a classroom and mentoring by professional educators are critical to new teachers.

The organization said that many teachers colleges had low admission standards and some do not even require minimum teast scores or grade point averages.  Many draw students from the bottom two-thirds of their college classes.

Because of these factors the teacher retention rate in the United States is lower than many other countries.

I never understood why student teaching takes place at the end of the college experience rather than at the beginning.  Having some practical experience in a classroom with field-based people is as valuable, and may be more valuable, than sitting in a college classroom.  But this report raises another valuable point.  Maybe we need at low school performance in the United States because colleges are accepting from the lowest two-thirds of the high school graduating class.  If the present administration is really serious about getting highly effective as well as highly qualified teachers into the classroom, maybe they need to give individuals incentives to go into the teaching field. 

Create a “”G.I. Bill” for educators.  Pay for people to go to college to become educators.  If they work in a classroom for five years, their college tuition would be paid off.  If they worked in a low-performing classroom for three years, their college costs would be wiped off.

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