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Unmasking NCATE

Posted By: Hyacinth Findlay on January 6, 2007
 
I commend the authors for their intellectual courage to unmask NCATE. They peeled away the veneer with exquisite skill.

It is painful and discouraging to sit by and watch the accrediting agency help to robotize teacher education as the public schools have done to public education. Peer review is necessary, indeed welcome. But it should be a review, where we explain what we are doing to engage studnets intellectually, where we teach them how to think and learn, where we show where we are making a difference in the lives of the young people they teach. Instead, we sit around for countless hours trying to identify indicators for the conceptual Framework and to force fit these to our course syllabi.

The stress of preparing for NCATE has caused a number of heart attacks, strokes, and other health problems, not to mention dissonance among faculty. And while all this preparation is taking place, the real business of the college -- teaching, research and service -- takes a back seat.

I do believe that faculty in colleges of education nation-wide need to take back our programs.
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