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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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