Tuesday, December 4, 2012

AFT calls for bar exams

It is being reported that the AFT is suggesting a bar exam for incoming teachers to assure preparedness.  If such a thing is pursued, will the public support and invest in improved benefits packages so that required preparation meets reward?  Even if that happened, an a test and it's needed preparation really assure teacher performance?  I have seen a lot of change in teacher prep programs over the years, largely with increased contact with students and classrooms prior to graduation and credentialing, but nothing replicates being the lone teacher in the classroom.  It is a tough job that simply demands experience.  No college classroom, textbook, or test can really prepare you for the real thing.  But would a bar exam help?

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