Teachers: The Harvard Touch

In the 1930s, Harvard's Graduate School of Education was so poor in pocket and prestige that President James B. Conant was tempted to padlock it. And then, characteristically. Conant thought of upgrading its mission instead. He devised the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program, designed to turn graduates of liberal arts colleges into teacher-scholars rather than pedagogues.

Harvard's M.A.T. degree requires not only education courses, but also graduate learning in liberal arts and apprentice, or "intern," teaching in any of a dozen school systems around Boston. The idea reunited Harvard's once warring education professors and scholars of arts...

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