My father recently sent me an article from The New York Times critiquing the way teachers are prepared for their profession in the US.
I have long believed that teachers are very poorly taught (after having gone through a well-reputed program myself), and have discussed this matter with other teachers. I was pleased with this article because it validated many of the criticisms I and other teachers have of teacher training programs. I and others believe that programs need to be more selective of the type of individual they accept, the programs must be free of charge, teachers need to continue their studies in the subject they expect to teach, student teachers need to be mentored more, with more time spent with cooperating teachers, supervisors, and fellow teaching students to analyze what happens in the classroom, including videotaping teaching frequently to review a student teacher’s performance. And new teachers need to be supported through stipends and through hiring of other new teachers to create a supportive, energetic community of educators to keep new teachers from burning out quickly.
If this interests you, have a read of this article, and let me hear your comments on it.