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Raise standards for teachers and free them to teach

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Criticizing teachers is like criticizing policemen or mothers, but romanticizing the U.S. education system blinds us to the harm it can do to children. Now, a new report has set off controversy by putting substance behind what researchers have known for decades: U.S. teacher preparation is "an industry of mediocrity," the National Council on Teacher Quality complains. Like any profession,...

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