Stephen Mucher, director of the Bard Master of Arts Teaching program in Los Angeles, warns about the precipitous decline in enrollments in teacher preparation programs.
Teachers are demoralized by scripted curricula and overemphasis on testing. They feel their voice doesn’t count in their workplace. Given the tide of teacher-bashing and mandates, they are right to feel demoralized.
“Career-minded college students are not oblivious to these developments.
As hundreds of people congregated at the south end of the Empire State Plaza concourse, conversations crescendoed to a loud rumble. It was like standing on a crowded uptown platform while the downtown express is barreling through.
But when organizers at Monday's "Call Out Cuomo March on Albany" got everybody pointed in the same direction and chanting in unison — "Fee Fi Fo Fum, look out Cuomo here we come!" — it felt more like a freight train pulling everyone along.
"We are here to make some noise!" said Tracey Gold of the Ichabod Crane Teachers Association.
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BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — On Monday morning, a few hundred students will file into classrooms atBloomfield Middle School, open laptops and begin a new standardized test, one mandated across New Jersey and several other states for the first time this year.
About a dozen of their classmates, however, will be elsewhere. They will sit in a nearby art room, where they will read books, do a little drawing and maybe paint.
This is the canary in the coal mine.
Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. The numbers are grim among some of the nation's largest producers of new teachers: In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years. It's down sharply in New York and Texas as well.
It was a cautionary tale, and I learned it in school.
Technically, I learned the lesson in NYC at the South Street Seaport, but it was a field trip with my high school Spanish Club that brought me there, so I’ll count it as extracurricular learning.
In our quest to experience everything NYC had to offer (we’d already purchased Yankees caps and a Kriss Kross cassette), a friend and I approached a hustler running a game of threecard monte on a cardboard box.
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