It was a pretty bold statement: Colleges of education are a cartel, with no competition, no transparency and no external pressure to change.
But Tim Knowles, the John Dewey director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, said many of the problems with schools today stem from potential teachers not being properly trained as the enter the profession.
Knowles was one of the main speakers at the Education Writers Association seminar last weekend in Chicago, focusing on teacher evaluations.
We heard from educators, researchers, advocates and union leaders, and if there were overriding themes, they would be that good teachers don't fear evaluations as long as they have a say in how they are created, and that the evaluations are to be used to help teachers – not single out which ones should be fired.
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