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No lectures or tests spurs ranking of 'best' teacher education program

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  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    June 21, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    This isn't an article, it's an infomercial.

    The National Council on Teacher Quality was created by the conservative Fordham Institute. Initially, it floundered, before being promoted with a Bush administration grant of $5 million from Secretary of Education Rod Paige. It is not a research organization. It is an advocacy organization.

    My husband and 2 of our adult children are teachers who studied at reputable UW and Minnesota state universities. It is outrageous for this article to imply that Western Governors is the sole practitioner of student teaching. My children spent an entire semester, full time, in the classroom. For this they pay tuition, unlike doctors who are paid. My daughter is certified in 2 subjects, so she student taught for a solid year. That doesn't include the various teaching projects and assignments they worked on throughout their 4 years of study.

    DN needs to work on learning the craft of journalism, instead of parroting propaganda.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    June 22, 2014 5:43 p.m.

    Thanks DN, for approving my post. Sad to see how little anyone cares about this subject. Now if this had been an article on something important like college football ...

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 22, 2014 11:29 p.m.

    My thoughts exactly Midwest Mom (on both your posts) though I love college football.

  • The Wraith Kaysville, UT
    June 23, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    I could not agree more with Midwest Mom. I am a teacher and I went through the same rigorous student teaching process she described above while going through the University of Utah's teacher education program. I am very familiar with WGU and their education programs and they are adequate. The online school does a good job of preparing students but to claim it's the best in the country is laughable.