An Empty Curriculum: The Need to Reform Teacher Licensing by Sandra Stotsky

By Sandra Stotsky

Teachers can't educate what they don't know. This state has tolerated a susceptible licensing approach for potential academics for many years. This vulnerable approach has been followed by way of an more and more emptier curriculum for many scholars, depriving them of the information and talents wanted for self-government.
An Empty Curriculum: How instructor Licensure checks result in Empty scholar Minds makes the case that the whole revision of the licensing process for potential and veteran academics in Massachusetts in 2000 and the development of recent or extra hard instructor licensing checks contributed considerably to the Massachusetts “education miracle.” That “miracle” consisted of tolerating earnings in fulfillment for college kids in all demographic teams and in all local vocational/technical excessive faculties seeing that 2005—gains proven via exams self sustaining of Massachusetts coverage makers.
The rapid goal of this booklet is to provide an explanation for what Massachusetts did in 2000 to reinforce its instructor licensing and re-licensing method to make sure that all lecturers may possibly train to particularly powerful K-12 criteria. Its greater objective is to signify that improvement of robust educational criteria in all significant topics may be by way of entire revision of a state’s instructor licensing process, no longer, as has been the case for a number of a long time, the advance of K-12 scholar tests—if this kingdom desires to enhance public schooling.

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