Read this:

If you have a teenage son or daughter you can be sure they are getting offers for credit cards. And while we all know how important having a credit card is in case of an emergency, it is just as important to make sure your child understands the...

The Need for Balance in Childhood Education in Singapore & Asia
“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it” Sir William Haley What is...

Too Many Divorces
My oldest boy asked me something the other day about all the news regarding the high divorce rate. I told him there aren't too many divorces, there's too many marriages. Most people get married without really knowing who they are marrying or...


Group Signs Off With Progress Report on Teacher Quality

The Teaching Commission went out with a bang last week, with its chairman lambasting the nation's education schools as "vast wastelands of academic inferiority."

The commission's final report graded overall progress in various areas of teaching-profession reform over the past three years -- "reinventing" teacher preparation received a D-minus.

Louis Gerstner Jr., the former IBM head who founded and led the commission, also blasted higher education officials for treating their teacher-education programs like "cash cows."

The commission began meeting in 2003, and released a set of recommendations in 2004. Gerstner singled out Minnesota as one of the few states that has followed through on those recommendations. Many governors "have been reluctant to lean on entrenched interests and bureaucracies" to force change, he said.

The commission's report, "Teaching at Risk: Progress and Potholes," is available online.

Abstract from the NASSMC Briefing Service (NBS) that is supported in part by the National Science Teachers Association, International Technology Education Association, Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education, and National Science Resources Center, Tuesday, April 4, 2006. Original article appeared in Education Week, March 29, 2006, p. 14.