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From: Los Angeles TimesThe response from Levine’s peers was mixed. Representatives of the teaching profession embraced many of Levine’s themes but took exception to some ideas as misguided or elitist.
“The findings are sobering, and we take them seriously,” said Sharon Robinson, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, which represents 800 schools. She said Levine’s motives are true and his “tough love” findings have credibility.
But she took issue with some ideas, such as shifting more teacher training to the top doctoral universities, where Levine said the programs are strongest. Bolstering programs at public colleges and universities makes more sense, Robinson said.