Posted by: Bill | December 10, 2008

Malcolm Gladwell hearts ABCTE…maybe

Malcolm Gladwell writes in the New Yorker that the current paradigm for certifying and selecting teachers is a bit backwards. As a bonus, football is heavily involved in the article. His conclusions (remove all certification rules, radically change the way tenure is awarded, expect that only 1 in 4 teachers recruits will pan out) actually go a fit further than I am comfortable with, but I agree with the spirit which is you have to concentrate on the outputs of the teacher in the classroom (i.e., some type of reliable and valid performance evaluation) and reduce the inputs (i.e., barriers to entry).

Here is one study (with fun graph on page 10) with evidence that certification route is not a good indicator of teacher quality as measured by student achievement.

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