Jenny D is hosting the Carnival of Education, which features Moebius Stripper on what high school students should learn about math before they show up in her college classroom and Math and Text on the fatal phrase, “My kids won’t get this.”
In addition, Education Policyist analyzes the evidence on a claim by Martin Gross in a Washington Times editorial that, “Our educators, from teachers through superintendents of schools, are academically and intellectually so inferior that the fourth grade is apparently the outer limit of their teaching abilities.” Gross cites below-average SAT scores of high school seniors who say they want to be teachers, though the weakest students aren’t likely to finish college.
Those who pass the PRAXIS teacher test required of high school teachers “score above the average for college-bound high schoolers (although admittedly below the average for all college graduates),” writes EP.
Gross goes on to say that “the GRE, the Graduate Record Exam, taken by those seeking a master’s in eight professions, teachers score the lowest, with engineers at the top. The engineers even beat the teachers in the verbal test by 29 points.”
EP points out that “high school teachers outscore those going into psychology, sociology, business administration and management, communications, public administration, social work, and even health and medical sciences.”
An analysis of data from the National Adult Literacy Survey found that teachers score much higher than all adults and slightly higher than college educated adults in prose and document literacy, and tying with other college-educated adults at quantitative literacy. Teachers scored at the same level as lawyers (in two categories), engineers (in one category), accountants and auditors (in two categories), marketing/pr professionals, financial managers, counselors, and physicians.
Elementary teachers, who are likely to major in education, tend to have lower SAT scores than high school teachers.
Update: I think Education Policyist is wrong about GRE scores (pdf). Would-be educators who take the GREs score lower than GRE takers in all the broad categories (humanities and arts, engineering, business, life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences), outscoring only master’s candidates in home economics, social work and public administration, who are grouped under “other fields.” This Education News column points out that would-be school administrators have particularly dismal GRE scores.