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 vulnerable licensing method for potential lecturers for many years. This susceptible method has been followed via an more and more emptier curriculum for many scholars, depriving them of the information and abilities wanted for self-government.
An Empty Curriculum: How instructor Licensure checks bring about Empty scholar Minds makes the case that the entire revision of the licensing method for potential and veteran lecturers in Massachusetts in 2000 and the development of recent or extra difficult instructor licensing exams contributed considerably to the Massachusetts “education miracle.” That “miracle” consisted of tolerating profits in success for college kids in all demographic teams and in all nearby vocational/technical excessive faculties on the grounds that 2005—gains proven via exams self sufficient of Massachusetts coverage makers.
The fast objective of this booklet is to give an explanation for what Massachusetts did in 2000 to reinforce its instructor licensing and re-licensing method to make sure that all academics might train to quite powerful K-12 criteria. Its higher goal is to indicate that improvement of sturdy educational criteria in all significant topics may be by means of entire revision of a state’s instructor licensing method, now not, as has been the case for a number of a long time, the advance of K-12 scholar tests—if this kingdom desires to develop public schooling.

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