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October 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Teacher colleges linked to student scores

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Teaching learned by experience

Good to see that you asked teachers’ opinion about the traditional teacher-training programs [“Student scores, teachers’ college linked,” NWMonday, Oct. 17.]

Most college of education theories seem quite useless and removed from the reality of a classroom full of highly diverse students. Nothing prepares a future teacher better than real classroom experience, working together with a skilled teacher and live students. Everything I learned about teaching, I learned in the classroom, not in the UW College of Education lab.

If schools want good teachers, hire educators whose endorsement matches their college major. A sociology or P.E. or anthropology major should not be teaching math, history or English.

— James Behrend, Bainbridge Island

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Common guys the universities are not for everyone these days, it is very costly just accept, only alternative now is something called "High...  Posted on October 18, 2011 at 12:33 AM by oliviaengle. Jump to comment

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