Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Deborah Ball to House education panel: The U.S. needs better teachers and we know how to provide them

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On May 4, 2010, Deborah Ball testified before the House Education and Labor Committee. She spoke about what it would take to get effective teachers in every classroom in the country. She said that teacher training was crucial for two reasons: one, teaching is complex work that requires content knowledge together with a host of skills that enable an individual to impart that knowledge to others. She also talked about the scale of the problem--the teaching force in the U.S. is 3.6 million and as many as 1.7 million aging teachers may retire in the next seven years. The number of new teachers we will need in this country suggests that we cannot count on simply hiring very smart, talented, naturally good teachers because the numbers of such people is insufficient to meet the need.

Ball's testimony before the panel is part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as No Child Left Behind.

A six-minute video of Ball's testimony can be seen on YouTube.

The complete (nearly three-hour) hearing is available to view from the C-Span website.

The Record Update posted a story about Ball's testimony on May 5, 2010.

A PDF of the written comments that Ball delivered to the panel is available. Deborah Loewenberg Ball is dean of the School of Education, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor.

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