Practical Common Sense Teacher Education

The ut­ter com­mon sense of this NYT ar­ti­cle, Rethinking How to Teach the New Teachers, is mind-bog­gling. The idea is that the best way to train teach­ers is to put them into a real class­room un­der su­per­vi­sion and not in the less rel­e­vant class­room of an ed­u­ca­tion school. I par­tic­u­larly liked the words “de­signed by and for teach­ers.”

Girl gets detention for hugging friends

I have to ad­mit my main rea­son for post­ing this ar­ti­cle is that I ac­tu­ally went to Mascoutah Junior High School a very long time ago. What puz­zles me about it is what’s miss­ing from the ar­ti­cle. Was there some bad in­ci­dent that this sweep­ing rule is sup­posed to solve? At least some sym­pa­thy would be pos­si­ble for the ad­min­is­tra­tors then. But, what I sus­pect is that this is some kind of bu­reau­crat­i­cally clever act of “proac­tive­ness” — a so­lu­tion look­ing for a prob­lem. We just don’t know.