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Interesting Ideas For The UNC System

Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy makes recommendations about the UNC System here. I think this one is particularly important:


Revamp education schools. As I said earlier, the one thing that would do the most to restore confidence in universities would be to create humanities departments that have respect for the great tradition of liberal arts education. The second most valuable step would be to improve UNC’s schools of education. Studies of teachers produced by the UNC system show that many have not been well prepared for the K-12 classroom. It is no secret that UNC education schools, like most others, have veered toward education theory rather than practice and that they focus on social issues rather than conveying the nuts and bolts of how to teach. This must change if we are to unlock the full potential of North Carolina’s next generation instead of limiting it.

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