Teachers Must Practice What They Teach

by Robert Pondiscio
January 9th, 2010

Indiana teachers will need a degree in the subject they will teach under new licensing rules approved Wednesday.  The original proposal from the state’s Education Superintendent Tony Bennett would have required elementary education majors to take no more than 30 college credit hours in teaching methods, notes the Indianapolis Star.

Bennett released his proposals six months ago. But in a series of public meetings, there were howls of protest, primarily from universities that said the proposals focused too much on a teacher’s knowledge of a subject and not enough on teaching methods.  Education schools were against Bennett’s proposal, which would have limited the number of teaching-method classes required for a degree. The schools wanted to maintain control of their degree requirements. And they won.

Other the new rules, secondary teachers must earn a bachelor’s degree in the subject they will teach and a minor in education. Elementary teachers must earn a bachelor’s degree in education with a subject minor (or a subject major with an education minor). School boards will be now be allowed to hire superintendents from outside of education.  And all teachers will have to pass subject knowledge tests.

Mother Knows Best

by Robert Pondiscio
January 9th, 2010

“I’m their mother. Shouldn’t I be able to decide if they get one?” said Georgia mom Patty “Jo Jo” Marsh. “If I’m such a bad parent, then how come they brought the kids back right after I got out jail?” Marsh asked.

What did she give her children?  (Hint: It’s not a pony.)