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Finding the Teachers We Need


"In recent years, the debate over teacher quality and preparation has gained new urgency. Competing groups of partisans have dominated this debate: one seemingly eager to assail the nation's education schools and to suggest that there is an insufficiently defined body of professional teaching knowledge, the other committed to advancing professionalism by ensuring that all teachers are prepared and licensed through a prescribed and formal training program. Experts even disagree about what constitutes a qualified teacher, how well today's preparation programs are training teachers, whether we can best improve teaching through new regulations or by relaxing the old ones, and whether teaching leans heavily on innate skill or is primarily a matter of training and experience. The conflict is suffusing research, confusing policymakers, and stifling potentially promising reforms."