Education: We Want Teachers Who Are Educated

The "education major" is doomed in California. In what Thomas W. Braden, president of the state board of education, calls a deathblow to "educationese," the state is drastically upgrading its teacher certification requirements. Ultimately, California will turn down all applicants whose sole or chief training is in the methodology of teaching. Instead, it will demand degrees in academic subjects, stressing substance over technique.

So sweeping is the change, says Braden, that if used to gauge California's current teachers, the new standards would disqualify 20% of high school teachers, 75% of junior college instructors, and 90% of elementary school teachers. "Professional education" is...

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