Teachers: Conant v. the Establishment

Ever since his bestselling The Education of American Teachers appeared last fall, James B. Conant has been under heavy fire from teachers' groups — and with good reason. The main target of Conant's book is the "bankrupt" system of teacher certification by which states dictate what courses a potential teacher must take in college to get a public-school license. The result, he charged, is that colleges are forced to teach insipid "Mickey Mouse" courses that turn out uneducated teachers. Conant's solution: abolish the state rules, free colleges to upgrade teacher training,...