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Yesterday I was reading about a teacher's effort to find the perfect way to handle every classroom situation. This teacher made it very clear that at ed school, she had never been trained in "classroom management" or anything similar. So here this unhappy woman was having to reinvent the wheel every day, to figure out things ed school should teach.
I think this is very sad. It's shameful that the Education Establishment does this to young teachers. Many of them don't last past a few years for the simple reason that they are in stressful combat most of the time.
In general, I think K-12 has been dumbed down deliberately. Normally when we discuss this topic, we're talking about the bogus theories and methods used in the classroom. But the easiest way to dumb down the schools is to make sure the teachers themselves are not well prepared. How then can they pass on education to the next generation?
So you could build the biggest, most expensive schools. You could have the fanciest textbooks and teaching aids. You could have almost everything at the highest level. But if poorly trained teachers preside over chaotic classrooms, you will have no gain at all.
Bottom line, we have to prepare teachers at a much higher level and, once they are in the classroom, we have to support them much more than is typical now. That is, we have to do those things if we are really serious about improving education.