THE National Council on Teacher Quality conducted the first ranking of education programs across the nation and found mediocrity abundant among the programs that educate teachers.
Only Furman, Lipscomb, Ohio State and Vanderbilt universities received the top score of four stars.
That is right. Only four of the 1,430 education
programs surveyed are excellent. There cannot be excellence in education until teachers receive excellent training.
West Virginia University received only one star for its graduate elementary program and one and a half stars for graduate special education. Marshall University received two stars for undergraduate elementary, one and a half for graduate secondary and one for graduate special education.
This is appalling.
Americans spend an average of $12,000 a year per pupil in public schools.
In addition, people who want to become teachers go into debt by thousands of dollars to pay for mediocre educations.
If there is anything the higher education industry should strive to do right, it is the education of teachers.
The boards of governors of both WVU and
Marshall should demand answers as to why their students are not getting four-star educations.
The Legislature, too. For the money West
Virginians pay for schools, they deserve teachers
who have received four-star training, not just one-star programs.
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CQ Roll Call, a publication that covers Congress in print and online, gave West Virginia an
early birthday present. The pepperoni roll won CQ Roll Call's Taste of America competition of 64 foods from the various states.
People voted for their favorite foods in head-to-head competition with foods from other states. Then winners squared off until only one was left.
The pepperoni roll beat the Boston Cream Pie in the first round and then rolled over Rhode Island's apple crisp, Philly cheese steaks, Arizona's chimichangas and trout from Washington state.