We need to change teacher training dramatically, writes Tom Kane in a Brookings Institution report. His model is the Flexner Report, which transformed medical education 100 years ago.
Kane thinks the new model will combine higher admissions standards for prospective teachers, improved training and greater selectivity — perhaps through “performance assessments” — in placing pre-service teachers in classrooms.
But it’s not clear what will work, he concedes. Can we really predict who’s going to be a good, average or lousy teacher?
Assigning one person to one classroom is a “profound error”, writes Grant Wiggins.
It hampers ongoing professional development, it breeds egocentrism, and makes it far too hard to get appropriate consistency across teachers concerning instructional quality, assessment, and grading.
So, what if we hired 4 teachers for 3 classrooms?
Teachers could observe each other, monitor novice teachers and specialize in their areas of strength, he argues.