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Hedging Our Bets? Now, More Than Ever, is the Time to be Vigilant About Improving Teaching Preparation


by Dave Powell — November 04, 2008

A recent article in USA Today suggests that there may be a “silver lining” associated with the financial turmoil gripping the country: as Wall Street downsizes, teaching ranks are expected to swell. The assumption underlying many alternative preparation programs is that holding a Bachelor’s degree and pairing it with “real world experience” is preparation enough for the rigors of teaching. But this assumption trivializes the complex nature of teaching and the equally complicated work of teacher preparation. If teaching is to ever be taken seriously as a profession, we have to begin by strengthening teacher education programs and discouraging fast-track alternative programs that may suit market philosophies but may also undermine teacher preparation by suggesting that anyone with an undergraduate degree can make the transition into classroom teaching with fairly minimal additional preparation. Moreover, we should be careful to present teaching as a legitimate career choice in and of itself, not a secondary alternative to some other professional option.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 04, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15430, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 5:43:33 AM

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