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Poll: Should Prospective Teachers Have Better Grades?

The governor advocates requiring a B-plus average instead of a B-minus for teacher training programs.

In a package of education reforms introduced last week, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed a significant bump in the grade point average required for acceptance into a teacher training program in Connecticut.

Now, students with a 2.7 GPA in their early college years can be accepted into a school's teaching program. Malloy's plan would raise that to 3.3.

“If we want to have the best-prepared students we need to have the best-prepared teachers,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said in a news release last week. “Teachers and administrators are the foundation of our education system, and this package represents a long-overdue upgrade to that foundation."

Do you agree that the minimum GPA for prospective teachers is too low? Would it keep some great teachers out of the system or create shortages? Or could it improve the quality of education in the state?

Tricia February 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM
@ Jim G. - oh my goodness... wow.... TG's provided a glaring example of profound (stunning) lack of perception. And you had an emoticon that was dutifully copied to boot!! Had POTUS gone to Y, I'm sure that would have been mentioned. Yeee-ikkkes..
Edmund J. Smith March 19, 2012 at 01:07 AM
At Edwin O. Smith High School we had an engineer from UTC Fuel Cell leave his high paying job and come to teach science. It didn't work out for him, he went back to UTC Fuel Cell, and from my own observations it had a lot to do with his discomfort with working with students not interested in learning, some of whom threw stuff at him when he had his back to the room while writing on the white board. Another alternate certification teacher came from Coast Guard Research and Development. He was also highly intelligent and also a very good teacher but didn't last too long, not sure all the reasons but I do recall his displeasure with some parents making his life miserable due to their child getting low marks in his class. Another came to EOSmith with only a bachelor's degree. He was the best science teacher I ever saw and gave his all to his students. He even missed faculty meetings sometimes so he could do a few extra hours of teaching after school with highly engaged students. He got a lot of grief from his immediate administrator and there were other issues, but none had to do with his total excellence as a teacher. UConn made a position for him and he left teaching high school.
Edmund J. Smith March 19, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Maybe teachers are too busy grading papers, planning and such. Most teachers are more concerned about the next day with their students - and not blogging.
Edmund J. Smith March 19, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Tricia, Fact is FDR didn't run with the New Deal programs in the beginning but imposed austerity measures at the start of his presidency. Because those extended the depression, the New Deal programs were then tried and succeeded - yes, with help from WWII, but accomplishing much in their own right. Sounds like you might have gotten some mental indigestion from a conservative think tank - an oxymoron if ever there were one.
Edmund J. Smith March 19, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Tricia, Thanks for sharing. You may be right. But I can't decipher your wandering diatribe.

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