Education: More from Ford

U.S. teachers, all too often, are trained in schools that offer substandard instruction, skimp courses in academic subjects in favor of courses on teaching method, give far too little practice teaching in actual classrooms. Ticking off these familiar failings this week, the Ford Foundation's President Henry Heald, sometime (1952-56) chancellor of New York University and an old teacher himself (during the '30s he was a professor of civil engineering at Chicago's Armour Institute of Technology), announced an impressive new foundation gift aimed at achieving "a breakthrough in teacher education.'' The donation: $9,161,210, to be divided among nine colleges and universities.

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