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.”
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.