What We’re Watching: Are Ed Schools Amenable to Reform?
Many reformers and funders have written off schools of education as beyond repair, and much of the current energy for teacher preparation is centered on non-traditional programs like Teach For America. But are schools of education more ready for reform than the conventional wisdom supposes?
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute held a lively and provocative debate about that question. Fordham President Chester Finn moderated, and the discussion was informed, in part, by Fordham’s recent study, Cracks in the Ivory Tower? The Views of Education Professors Circa 2010, as well as by the recently announced effort, led by NCATE, to overhaul the teacher preparation system.