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Kathy Ceceri

Do Credentialed Teachers Teach Better?

By July 25, 2013

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School at homeMany critics say that parents can't be good educators if they are not trained and certified to teach in a classroom. A 2006 study by the Brookings Institution disagrees:

Traditionally, policymakers have attempted to improve the quality of the teaching force by raising minimum credentials for entering teachers. Recent research, however, suggests that such paper qualifications have little predictive power in identifying effective teachers.

Couple that with a review last month from the National Council of Teacher Quality that found that "it is far too easy to get into a teacher preparation program" and "they have become an industry of mediocrity," and you have to wonder what standard homeschooling parents are being held to.

More evidence you can use when trying to counter Myths About Homeschooling.

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