A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Do Teachers Need Education Degrees?

The editors of the New York Times have published an interesting piece that explores the issue of teacher promotions based on a teacher's achievements in higher education (master's degree in education) versus his/her achievements in the classroom (student performance on standardized tests). The article has a host of contributors offering their thoughts on the issue, which is linked to the Obama Administration's recent offer of $4 billion in federal aid to schools that agree to link teacher promotions to classroom performance.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting article. Looks like the NY Times was able to find one person who supports the conventional model of measuring a teacher by the credentials he has.

    Here's a quote from one of Dr. Crocco's published papers.

    "The current path to reform via high-stakes testing will not lead to significant long-term improvement in the nation’s schools. Indeed, we question whether its real project lies not in improving public education but in destroying it."