Education Schools Are Outmoded, Panelists Say

By Hammer, Ben | Black Issues in Higher Education, July 3, 2003 | Go to article overview

Education Schools Are Outmoded, Panelists Say


Hammer, Ben, Black Issues in Higher Education


WASHINGTON

Educators at a recent forum debated whether education schools are preparing teachers to meet the goals their future employers have set for academic achievement.

Several participants at the forum held by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, stressed that most education schools fall short in focusing on pedagogy rather than graduating teachers who will produce students that show strong learning through high standardized test scores.

The panelists said that governments must align the incentives they provide teachers with the public policy goals they set for producing academic success. While governments reward administrators whose students show knowledge of certain facts on exams, it also gives incentives to teachers who complete certification and education programs that emphasize teaching students learning skills that are not reflected on exams. These two goals are often contradictory, they said.

"We have states that are saying by legislation your schools must have high academic achievement or there are going to be all kinds of nasty sanctions . . .," said Dr. George Cunningham, a professor of educational and counseling psychology at the University of Louisville. …

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