Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Why teachers need pedagogy

...and why Duncan's trying to get rid of it.
Duncan wants such colleges to focus on practical methods in order to prepare teachers for an outcome-based education system, which is code for pedagogical methods that are as anti-intellectual as they are politically conservative. This is a pedagogy useful for creating armies of number crunchers, reduced to supervising the administration of standardized tests, but not much more. Reducing pedagogy to the teaching of methods and data-driven performance indicators that allegedly measures scholastic ability and improve student achievement is nothing short of scandalous.

1 comment:

Jim Gonyea said...

It's taken a while, but I've finally come to agree with the Libertarians that the US Department of Education needs to be closed.