While there’s much in the typical teacher education program that is seriously in need of rethinking and retooling, the “know nothingism” of the editorial board of the Daily News reminds us that such programs could as easily get worse as they could improve.
Never afraid to issue broadsides on educational matters about which we they know nothing, the editors of the Daily News complain that
Newbie instructors too often emerge from ed school stuffed with the ideas of everyone from Thomas Dewey to Brazilian Marxist theorist Paulo Freire (author of “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”) – but clueless about how to help kids learn.
What’s clueless is knowing so little about American education history that one mistakes the former governor of New York and failed Republican presidential candidate, Thomas Dewey, for the American philosopher and educator, John Dewey. Perhaps we should be grateful that the Daily News didn’t throw in Melvil Dewey, the founder of the Dewey Decimal System used for many years to catalogue books in a library.
For all that is wrong with teacher education, certainly a knowledge of the pedagogical thought of the most preeminent American philosopher, the leading exponent of the one school of philosophy — pragmatism — which can claim to be distinctively American, is not one such failing.