I wasn't planning on blogging about Art Levine, former President of Teachers College at Columbia University, however his latest "research" report entitled "Educating School Teachers" was just released and it is going to shake up teacher education colleges and programs just like his first report "Educating School Leaders" sucker punched educational administration programs in 2005. Some bullets from the press release relevant to this blog include:
most education schools are engaged in a "pursuit of irrelevance," with curriculums in disarray and faculty disconnected from classrooms and colleagues. These schools have "not kept pace with changing demographics, technology, global competition, and pressures to raise student achievement.
fewer than half of principals reported that education school alumni are very well or moderately well prepared to use technology in instruction (46 percent); use student performance assessment techniques (42 percent); or implement curriculum and performance standards (41 percent).
These two bullets would lead one to believe that his report would go on to address the deficits in technology integration in teacher education programs and make recommendations for improving the application and integration of technology. However, after reading through the full 142 page report, the word technology only comes up 9 times and several of these are repetitions of previous sentences. So, this just seems to be more lip service and no substance.
I just had a revelation. By nature, I am not overly critical of others but the act of blogging seems to bring out the inner critic in me.
These arguments about the lack of training around issues of technology are similar to those that Levine made about principal preparation programs. While I believe Levine paints Colleges of Education with a broad brush and many have challenged his research methodology, he does bring to light many points that people like Scott and I have raised - for the most part we are not adequately preparing future teachers and school leaders to function in a world of ubiquitous technology.
I'm back. A big lightning storm just rolled through Gainesville so I shut down just in case.
I was going to blog about data-driven decision making tonight, but Levine's report seemed an appropriate and timely topic. DDDM tomorrow! DMQ