Tuesday, August 04, 2009

From the AACTE Weekly Briefs

Teacher Training Faces Overhaul From the Indianapolis Star

Proposed rules being unveiled today would give Indiana teachers a new mandate: what you teach matters more than how you teach. A broad series of changes proposed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett would require even elementary education majors to minor in core subjects such as math, English, science, art or social studies while limiting undergraduate coursework in education. The proposal also would relax the amount of training required of principals and superintendents.


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bcriminger said...

This is really an interesting idea. In Illinois Elementary Education majors take classes that teach us how to teach (various learning styles and Special Education laws etc) as well as endorse in various subjects. Every education major (at Illinois State University) endorses in language arts, but a student may choose to take additional classes and endorse in the other subjects (reading, math, science and social studies). All in all, we do typically end up having a larger course-load than the "average" college student, but it is worth it. My math classes have been brutal, but I have learned more about elementary math and why I am doing problems the way I do them because of it. I'm not sure what IN requirements are as of now, but I do feel it is important to include the core subjects in the educators study program. This being said, learning how to teach is equally important. I wouldn't trade one for the other, but rather, I would find a way to incorporate them together in a system that works.

teachplacejul09 said...

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national voluntary association of higher education institutions and other organizations and is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality preparation and continuing professional development for teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning.