U.S. Behind in Preparing Math Teachers

Judy Hartnett's picture
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Countries that are best at preparing their math teachers share several key conditions generally lacking in the United States, researchers say.

The first international study of what teacher preparation programs are able to accomplish found that in countries such as Taiwan and Singapore future math teachers are better prepared because students get rigorous math instruction in high school, university teacher-preparation programs are highly selective and demanding, and prospective math teachers are finding the profession attractive, with excellent pay, benefits and security.

"Some critics of teacher education believe you can bypass colleges of education and prepare teachers in an easier, faster way, but our study doesn't support that," Maria Teresa Tatto, an education professor at Michigan State University, which led the study, said in a university release Monday.

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