14.6.11

THE COLLEGES OF DEADUCATION.  Infantilizing the culture, according to David Solway.
It may well be too late to turn things around but the fact nevertheless remains. We do not need more money, more theories, more remedial programs, more writing classes, more conferences, more reforms, more administrative diktats, more computers, or more ancillary resources. None of these things are even remotely helpful. What we need are real mothers, real fathers, and real teachers.
Much misunderstood, particularly by professors in the liberal arts, argues Jeffrey Mirel, of Michigan's history faculty.
Instead of continuing to debate the relative merits of pedagogy versus content, professors on both sides should realize that prospective teachers need to know not only their subject matter, but also how to teach it so students will understand.
(Mirel link courtesy Joanne Jacobs.)

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