McCain Calls for Lower Teacher Standards

Real Nobel Laureates Craig Mello (L), Roy Glauber (C) and Dudley Herschbach (R) sample ice cream at the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, 04 October 2007, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan was awarded for developing a way to extract vanillin — vanilla fragrance and flavoring — from cow dung and Toscanini’s Ice Cream of Cambridge created a new ice cream flavor in honor of Yamamoto called “Yum-a-Moto Vanilla Twist.” The prizes are given by the Harvard-based science humor magazine “Annals of Improbable Research” and honor “achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think”. Prizes were given for research about a literally-bottomless bowl of soup, a “gay bomb”, a net that drops on bank robbers. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

At a speech to the Urban League John McCain shocked many hoping for education reform by calling teacher training too rigorous and insisting that in his administration anybody who wants to teach will have a job waiting for them.

“You can be a Nobel Laureate and not qualify to teach in most public schools today because they don’t have all the proper credits in educational theory or methodology,” McCain told his audience who sat so intent on his message that the remained enraptured and silent.

This is an injustice that needs to stop.  If those 10 or so education classes are stopping our Nobel Laureates from moving into the classroom, we need to make those classes easier.  It is well known that in most universities a huge number of students begin as education majors before the rigorous class work eventually weeds out those who can’t hack it who settle in those majors that lead to careers in medicine, business, or the sciences.  Surely, teaching credentials shouldn’t be this hard to come by.

We all want the best teachers for our kids and for that reason we must make it easier to go into teaching.  If Nobel Laureates can’t hack a year of taking education classes what hope do the rest of us have?  Let’s start making this certification easier so we can get more Nobel Laureates and other learned people in front of our kids.

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