Report slams teacher-education programs

Despite some examples of success, the majority of today’s teacher-education programs are engaged in a “pursuit of irrelevance,” having failed to keep pace with substantial changes in technology, student demographics, and global competition, according to a new report from the non-partisan Education Schools Project. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education said it welcomed the report and agreed with some, though not all, of its recommendations.

Sharon Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), commended Levine for the study. She called the findings “sobering” and added, “We take them seriously … there is no one from whom we would rather receive this study’s ‘tough-love’ findings. We agree with some, but not all, of his recommendations.”

Robinson said teacher education already is undergoing a dynamic transformation. She referred to an AACTE publication, “Teacher Education Reform: The Impact of Federal Investments,” which documents some of those changes.