A recent opinion piece in the New York Times by Bill Keller began with what the author called a “caustic aphorism:” “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach teaching.” He went on to give an inspirational exception to that rule in the work of one Bill Jackson, a teacher doing exceptional things in a Harlem classroom. And, I know each of us could give many examples of truly inspiring teachers who have made a difference in our lives. However, Mr. Keller’s bottom line is that, notwithstanding these many exceptional teachers, overall, the quality of teacher preparation in this country has been, at best mediocre, with obvious deleterious effects on the quality of learning in our nation’s schools. As recently as this past summer, Mr. Keller points out, the National Council on Teacher Quality labeled teacher education in this country “an industry of mediocrity” … the title of his opinion piece.
Teachers have a new resource to help them in the classroom. It’s called share my lesson, a new online resource bank, where teachers can collaborate and share teaching resources. Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, announced the new program today in Rockland County.
Governor Deval Patrick and education officials are planning to honor Massachusetts' top teachers at a Statehouse ceremony. WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…
As part of today's event, awards will be presented to the 2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, the 2012 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year and winners and finalists of the 2011 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
While some school districts and unions are reportedly considering suing to overturn a provision in New York State’s new tax cap law, cooler heads are urging them to take a "wait-and-see" attitude for the time being - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports
In New Paltz, the school budget got 59.3 percent of the vote. But it failed. The reason: the tax cap requires a 60 percent supermajority of votes to override a school district’s tax-levy limit — Judging by the recent annual school budget elections, the supermajority requirement made an impact.
Governor Cuomo is pleased with the outcome of Tuesday’s state wide school budget vote, but teachers and school board leaders see some disturbing trends.
This year’s school budget vote was the first to take place after Governor Andrew Cuomo convinced the legislature to adopt the property tax cap. The governor says the tax cap imposed “fiscal discipline.” He says he’s pleased that few schools attempted to override the cap, and that most schools kept tax increases to a minimum, and were approved by voters. He says tax payers, as well as state government, are tapped out.
The National Council on Teacher Quality, a non-profit policy and research center, is working on a project to rate the country’s schools of education. The report is to be published by US News and World Report. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the think tank’s president, Kate Walsh.
Members of Connecticut's largest teachers' union will be rallying in support overhauling the state's education system and urging lawmakers to include voices from educators in the debate over Governor Dannel P. Malloy's education proposals. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...
Teachers from the Connecticut Education Association will gather outside the state Capitol today and Wednesday night to urge the legislature to continue moving in what they say is the right direction with the governor's education bill.