Despite the ongoing frenzy Frenzy
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Big Bull Market over how to improve public education, an important new study on teaching slipped out with little notice. Perhaps that's because the findings do not mesh with the prescriptions of the professional teaching lobby.
The study found that teachers with "emergency" credentials CREDENTIALS, international law. The instruments which authorize and establish a public minister in his character with the state or prince to whom they are addressed. If the state or prince receive the minister, he can be received only in the quality attributed to him in his credentials. seem to teach kids just fine. To fill personnel shortages, especially in math and science instruction, most states allow some teachers to enter the classroom without conventional certification. The Department of Education estimates there are about 50,000 teachers nationwide with emergency certification.
"Contrary to conventional wisdom, mathematics and science students who have teachers with emergency credentials do no worse than students whose teachers have standard teaching credentials A United States teaching credential is a basic multiple or single subject credential obtained upon completion of a bachelor's degree and prescribed professional education requirements. , all else being equal," conclude Dan D. Goldhaber and Dominic J. Brewer in their contribution to "Better Teachers, Better Schools," a report released by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation is a nonprofit education policy organization based in Washington, D.C., and Dayton, Ohio. Its stated mission is "to close America's vexing achievement gaps by raising standards, strengthening accountability, and expanding education options for , a private research group advocating education reform.
After looking at the performance of 24,000 eighth-graders nationwide and subsets of the students in later years, Brewer, an economist and director of the RAND Corporation's education program, and Goldhaber, a labor economist with the Urban Institute's Education Policy Center and a member of the Alexandria (Virginia) City School Board, found that what's important is having teachers with a strong background in the subject they teach. This radical idea - that math teachers, say, should have math backgrounds - is what passes for unconventional wisdom in the bizarro world The Bizarro World (also known as Htrae) is a fictional planet in the DC comics universe. Introduced in the early 1960s, Htrae is a cube-shaped planet, home to Bizarro and his companions, all of whom were initially Bizarro versions of Superman, Lois Lane and their children. of the educational establishment.
Indeed, President Clinton called for a ban on emergency certification in his State of the Union address “State of the Union” redirects here. For other uses, see State of the Union (disambiguation).
The State of the Union is an annual address in which the President of the United States reports on the status of the country, normally to a joint session of Congress (the this year, a reward for teachers unions which have backed Democrats so strongly. And in May, the administration proposed a plan to eliminate emergency certification over the next four years.