ERIC Number: ED302561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
The National Teaching Standard: Route to Rigor Mortis.
McNeil, John D.
The actions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards with regard to national teaching standards and an associated examination are critiqued. The board was established on the basis of a recommendation by an advisory council of the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy. The board, which is composed of politicians, business executives, teacher unionists, and teachers, was approved in 1987. A view of a board-like assessment examination has been outlined by L. S. Shulman and G. Sykes (1986). The examination would present "obscure topic" exercises in which candidates read unfamiliar material and transform the content so that it is appropriate for teaching. The test would also involve adaptation of lessons to students of different backgrounds, interactive computer-based simulations, and computer-controlled laser disks with random access for assessing how the candidate responds to classes that are about to experience a crisis. The analysis of the Sykes and Shulman proposal also covers test content and the proposal's concept of teaching. It is concluded that the proposal represents a threat to institutional variation, premature formalization of teaching, and an implicit bias against students with minority backgrounds. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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