According to a report authored by Arthur Levine, former president of Teachers College at Columbia University, and as reported in The Seattle Times, teachers emerge from college unprepared for their jobs. “The coursework in teacher-education programs is in disarray nationwide, the report says. Unlike other professions such as law and medicine, there is no common length of study or set of required skills.” Other problems, according to Levine’s study, are, low admissions standards, disengaged college faculty, insufficient classroom practice and poor oversight.
“Teacher education right now is the Dodge City of education: unruly and chaotic,” said Levine, who now heads the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “There’s a chasm between what goes on in the university and what goes on in the classroom.”