A lot of the blame should go to colleges and education professors who are trusted with the job of training future teachers. Here is five reasons why many (not all) college education professors are hurting future teachers:
*Many professors do not realize that the second most important thing for teachers to learn (after their subject area) is classroom management. Future teachers would be better off taking the classes in their major and nothing but classes about classroom management and discipline than taking what they get now as education majors in many schools.
*Much of the little advice that college professors give future teachers is outdated. “Be stern at the beginning and then loosen up as you go” or “don’t smile until Christmas” anyone? For many college students this is the only advice about classroom management they ever get.
*Many professors and other education leaders do not realize that students have changed dramatically over the years and methods for dealing with them that worked in the 1970s are no longer valid.
*Too much theory. Some educational theory is fine, but practical information is much more useful.
*Many college professors never taught in public schools themselves. This is like a coach trying to get a job in the NFL because he read a lot of books about coaching.
Now that I have alienated or offended thousands of people, I will say once again that I am not talking about all colleges or college professors when I make these points. Unfortunately, though, there are way too many who are described here. It is time for a change.