The president of the American Federation of Teachers suggests such a test will ease doubts about instruction quality.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten in an interview with Walter Isaacson, President of the Institute, just launched an interesting, "big idea." She said that we should establish a "bar exam for teachers."
Part of the challenge that the AFT, the mother ship for about 3400 teacher labor unions, is that it is perceived by many to be concerned primarily with protecting the jobs of teachers, some of whom are poor performers, rather than with promoting higher quality outcomes for students.
AFT's Weingarten has been trying to turn that impression around, just recently announcing the launching of a free, new, digitally-based resource platform for teachers called "Share My Lesson."
But the bar exam idea shoots at the doubt many have about the quality of teachers in the American educational system. Isaacson started the discussion this morning at the Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, by asking about what more could be done in "training and gating teachers."
Weingarten said that it took her longer to get her certification as New York City school teacher than preparing for the bar and taking the exam to become a lawyer in the State of New York. She said that the bar exam is made for the times -- and that ten years from now the bar exam would be different.