AFT President Randi Weingarten on the proposed ‘bar’ exam for new teachers – Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien – CNN.com Blogs

5 Dec

n order to become a lawyer you have to pass the bar and in order to become a doctor you have to take a medical licensing exam – but what about teachers? A new report, released by the American Federation of Teachers, is recommending that new teachers should have to pass their own equivalent of a bar exam before stepping into a classroom. This morning, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joins “Starting Point” to discuss the reasons behind the suggestion that teachers be required to take a standardized test.

Weingarten says, “When you look at the countries that out-compete us they spend a lot of time preparing teachers.” The AFT president adds that, “Finland prepares teachers like we prepare doctors.” When it comes to teaching Weingarten says, “experience matters a lot…you need to have a body of knowledge and some clinical experience to do what we consider the most important job in America.” More…

via AFT President Randi Weingarten on the proposed ‘bar’ exam for new teachers – Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien – CNN.com Blogs.

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