Thursday, March 17, 2011

Deborah Ball comments on the challenges the myriad curricula in the U.S. pose to teacher preparation

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A March 16, 2011, Associated Press article examined differences between teachers and teaching in the U.S. and those in international countries that produce higher scores on student assessments in reading, science, and mathematics. Some of the major distinctions include selectivity of the teaching profession and status, pay, and support of teachers. 

Deborah Ball said that U.S. teachers have challenges that are absent in many countries, challenges posed by the numerous curricula in use throughout the country. In countries with common curricula, the teachers can be prepared to teach a specific curricula; in the U.S., new teachers are prepared without knowing what they will teach.

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is William H. Payne Collegiate Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and dean of the School of Education.

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