From the current Secretary of Education who has no degree in education, no teaching experience, never attended a public school or state supported university or sent her children to one, is totally anti-union, and believes that teachers are paid too much:
“Nearly half of teaching colleges are preparing future educators with what amounts to junk science. No wonder nearly 1/2 of our low-income 8th graders are functionally illiterate. We know how to teach kids how to read. Teachers need the tools to teach it.”
That’s a hell of an assertion coming from a woman whose policies on student debt, predatory student loaners, and social services are trying to keep those same 8th graders in the world of poverty.
It’s also a hell of an assertion to claim that schools of education are teaching “junk science” when she herself is so enamored with intelligent design.
And it’s incredibly dense of her to think that maybe low-income 8th graders don’t suffer academically because they live in poverty.
Oh, and to quote a study by the National Council on Teacher Quality when it’s reputation as an actual non-partisan research entity is next to nothing? Read page 46 of Dr. Diane Ravitch’s newest book, Slaying Goliath. There she talks about how some of their “ranking” methods do not even include visiting campuses but just reviewing catalogs.
Then go to the page on the biggest donors to the NCTQ and you see a Who’s Who of privatizers – Gates, Broad, Walton….
But it would be nice to hear what current candidates for NC State Superintendent have to say about what the top public education official in America tweeted today, especially Rep. Craig Horn and Catherine Truitt.
Do they believe that half of our teacher prep programs in our colleges and universities are teaching junk science?