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A better way to teach teachers



Published: Fri, July 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

A better way to teach teachers

It’s actually not surprising in the least that the National Council of Teacher Quality rated Youngstown State University’s teacher training program “weak,” even though the programs accreditors gave it “glowing” reviews. (YSU program deemed weak, July 22)

Research has shown for years that teacher training programs and education degrees, on average, don’t help teachers graduating from them one bit better. What they really do is make school systems pay these more-credentialed applicants a premium (a silly idea given how inert the credential is).

Teachers benefit most from mentoring by experienced teachers and intense instruction in their subject matter, not teacher training programs. That’s why the reviews of YSU’s program will mirror those given to most similar programs: mixed.

Joy Pullmann, Chicago

The writer is an education research fellow at the Heartland Institute.

Taxes were cut and jobs moved

The stalemate over rais- ing the debt ceiling is coming down to the wire. The statement President Obama made regarding the deadlock seems reasonable to me. There needs to be equal sharing of the debt burden. The poor and middle class are not slaves to the wealthy, although it seems that we work so they can relax.

The cause for no movement seems to rest on the shoulders of the Republicans and their unwillingness to entertain the thought of a tax increase to bring in added, badly needed revenue. Their stance is that with an increase in taxes corporations will not be able to hire more employees. Come on. Since the roll back of taxes when George W. Bush was president, the economy declined. Instead of hiring with their added revenue, executives laid off employees, terminated employees, or moved their operations out of the country. This is the main reason for the unemployment rate. Could there be another reason for the strong opposition to a tax increase?

I wonder if staunch Christians in Congress ever read, reflect on and come to an understanding of how the words of scripture, especially regarding the poor, impact us today.

Jean DiMatteo, Youngstown


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