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ERIC Number: EJ798616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Can the Teaching Profession Be Trusted?
Hitz, Randy
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n10 p746-750 Jun 2008
Teacher preparation and licensing are constantly under attack from both national and state policy makers. The extraordinary reporting requirements imposed on university-based teacher preparation programs through Title II of the Higher Education Act and the promotion of "alternative routes" to teacher licensure by the federal government and some states are indicative of the negative attitude toward and mistrust of the teaching profession. Policy makers realize that teacher qualifications are important, but they do not trust the teaching profession to hold itself to high standards for preparation. Policy makers and the community at large are crying out for direction, and, as those in the profession struggle to reach consensus and unity, other entities fill the leadership void. The disunity in the teaching profession makes the profession vulnerable to harmful micromanaging and bad policy decisions. The result is poorly prepared teachers in too many classrooms, especially classrooms serving the students who are most at risk. In this article, the author argues that to be considered as a profession, a teaching profession must have a single set of national standards and only one accrediting body for the nation's teacher preparation programs. (Contains 10 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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