Archive for December 19th, 2003

19th December
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, December 19, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

  When I read in the New York Times last Sunday that Leon Botstein, the overachieving president of Bard College, was starting a program actually to teach high school teachers the subject matter that they are supposed to pass on to their students, I was delighted beyond words. 

    The subject of teacher training is one that has concerned me for a long time. Prospective public school teachers are caught in the stranglehold of the state-run monopoly that controls certification requirements. These programs seem to drain their energy and creativity, not to mention their bank accounts.  (more…)