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  •  I went to public schools in the 1950's and 1960's. (0+ / 0-)

    EVERY public school teacher was required to have earned an education degree, have additional educational requirements in the specialty area in which they were teaching, all algebra and higher level math courses were required to be taught by teachers with Master's degrees, the teachers had to be certified for elementary or high school level teaching as a Basic Occupational Qualification in order to get the job.

    This stuff about there never being Ed schools in the past is just horseshit.  In Arkansas, the university now known as Arkansas State University was Jonesboro Teacher's College.  Lyndon Baines Johnson, who just happens to have been a former president who died 40 years ago had his only college degree from a teacher's college.

    Let's face it, you just don't like Ed Schools, and that's your problem, not ours.  If you wish to send  your children to a school populated with unqualified teachers, who don't meet any standard, I expect you can find one like that.  Look in Arizona or Florida.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 10:22:49 AM PST

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    •  How to judge teacher quality. (0+ / 0-)

      Very simple method:

      find out how many Kumon or other private tutoring businesses are operating in your town.

      My town, Medford, MA, supposedly has a very nice school system. All the teachers are certified. And the tutoring businesses are prospering.

      The neighboring town of Winchester, same deal. Well funded school system. And very, very well funded private tutoring businesses in the center of town.

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