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.