Walter E. Williams, currently the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, wrote an editorial for Investor’s Business Daily. I’m providing this as “food for thought.”
American Education’s Big Problem: Bad Teachers
By Walter E. Williams
Posted 03/13/2013 06:23 PM ET
American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there’s enough blame for all participants to have their fair share.
They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who’ve become handmaidens for teachers unions.
There’s another education issue that’s neither flattering nor comfortable to confront and talk about. That’s the low academic preparation of many teachers.
That’s an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we’re to improve the quality of education. Let’s look at it.
Schools of education, whether graduate or undergraduate, tend to represent the academic slums of most college campuses.
They tend to be home to students who have the lowest academic achievement test scores when they enter college, such as SAT scores.
They have the lowest scores when they graduate and choose to take postgraduate admissions tests — such as the GRE, the MCAT and the LSAT.