Tuesday, October 06, 2009

mastery

It's nice to have a job in education that rewards employees based on their education. It would be even better if the masters teaching programs were more robust, relevant, and reflective. Currently, I think far too many educational graduate degree programs are exercises in disciplined budgeting and tedious prescriptive assignments that lack authenticity.

Maybe teachers of teachers are doomed to be so horrible because teachers themselves make ornery students.

4 Comments:

Blogger James said...

I laughed when I read your last sentence. Very true.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Off topic but the Guardian newspaper in he UK had a piece on the idea that California could be the first failed state.

Any thoughts?

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I hope that the crisis breeds action. We have two huge problems with our political system that cripple any attempts at recovery: holding a referendum at the drop of a hat (I can't even fathom how much money is wasted in the elections themselves, not to mention the poor decisions that often result), and the need for a 2/3 majority approval of the state budget.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

In my end of academia, we have great distrust of Ed. degrees, as they don't seem to provide much in the way of mastery of the actual content of the subject one is ostensibly being taught to teach (if that makes sense). I'm on our departmental hiring committee, and we are engaged in great debate about whether to even consider applications from people who have Ed. degrees, rather than PhDs--or even Masters--in the subject area. Makes one wonder what is being taught in those Education programs....

12:28 PM  

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