As you might have noticed in the below post, the dean of education for Rhode Island College seems more concerned with keeping enrollment up, rather than graduating good teachers. Of course, a higher enrollment means a bigger budget and a better bottom line – all things that might be good for Rhode Island College, but not the teachers graduating or the students they will be teaching. Nationwide, colleges and departments of education all too often function as little more than “cash cows” for universities, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan:
“By almost any standard, many if not most of the nation’s 1,450 schools, colleges and departments of education are doing a mediocre job of preparing teachers for the realities of the 21st-century classroom,” he said.
Mr. Duncan said that he had met hundreds of teachers who complained that they did not get enough practical training with classroom behaviors, particularly with poor students.
A report by a former president of Teachers College, Arthur Levine, found that roughly 60 percent of education school alumni said that their programs did not prepare them to teach.
Some think expanding programs like Teach for America is the solution. For more on the success of this program, check out this must-read article from Newsweek.