“What,” says Anne as we are driving to get some coffee at Peets this morning. “Are you having a heart attack?”
Not quite. But I was listening to NPR do a story on college and university teacher preparation programs based on a report from the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Most programs, the report said, were failures. Colleges of education were sending out fools, incompetents and clowns into America’s classrooms.
NPR was reporting this as if NCTQ doesn’t have an agenda that is totally aligned with the corporate reformers.
Or that the NCTQ ranking of teacher preparation programs is totally aligned with Common Core standards.
This morning Diane Ravtich’s blog explains the history of NCTQ.
That history is exactly what caused me to raise a stink a few years ago when I discovered that IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin had agreed to sit on NCTQ advisory board.
While our union should be concerned with teacher quality, I couldn’t understand what kind of common ground we had with these right-wingers and corporate windbags.
Audrey soon saw the light and got off the board.
But shame on NPR for just repeating corporate reform talking points without a critical eye.