Ed School Mafia
Dan Drezner, responding to a discussion on Eduwonk, reaffirms the conventional wisdom that graduate training in colleges of Education is among the least rigorous in the academy, an observation which comports with Matt Yglesias‘ anecdotal experience at Harvard. The three posts also have an interesting sideline discussion about the role of political ideology, especially that of the education bureaucracy, in low standards. The reader comments diverge into several tangents, notably the issue of teacher pay.
The only thing new I would add is that the Dan, Matt, and Eduwonk are all talking about the elite schools and especially graduate programs at those institutions. Since the vast majority of schoolteachers go to open admission state universities and are disproportionately in the bottom quintile of the admission pool for those schools, the picture is actually far worse than they paint.