We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...the academic rigor in graduate ed courses is comparable to that in preschool. I put more work and effort into one week of an engineering or computer-science class than into a full semester of an ed class. Would you believe that an episode of Frontline was an acceptable source for a master's-level research paper? That Wikipedia was also an acceptable source?
I was all but dissertation in Political Science but had already soured on the field and moving over to information technology through a graduate assistant job that required me to take 6 credits of classes. Since I had no more classes to take in Poli Sci, I decided to take the required 6 in public administration
One week I had both a big proposal and a paper for one of those classes that was due on the same day. Guess which one got more attention. I slap-dashed together something I never would have dreamed of handing in my field and when I got back to my office I found my boss reading my paper on my computer and laughing because the final paragraph stated "3 final points" but I wrote only 2.
When the professor handed the paper back I saw the last page was covered with red ink. Dreading what he wrote I turned to the page and found not a reprimand but an emphatic plea that I join their Ph.D.program
Oh and my boss? He was doing his Ph.D. in education at the time
As a former techie who taught school for a while, I have two comments after reading what was on the link.
1) While some teachers may be dummies- comparing the SAT scores of those in Ed Schools certainly can justify such a point of view- one can still be brilliant and not do a good job of teaching. While intelligence may be necessary to be a good teacher, it is not sufficient. Example: if you are not the persuasive/ salesman type, you will probably not make it as a teacher. While I was brighter than the average bear, I washed out as a teacher because persuasion did not come easily to me.
2) In all the college courses I have taken, I have respected my teachers for knowing more than I did in the subject. Exception: Ed School. There are a bunch of blithering idiots who teach in Ed Schools. If a student can find material in less than an hour of library hard copy research to repudiate a professor's claims, as I did, that professor isn't very good. Try repudiating your Calculus prof. While your Calculus prof may make a computational chalkboard error, he will not flub a proof. In Ed Schools, conjecture masquerades as fact.
The NEXT BIG THING in Ed Schools, the educational theory that will reinvent the wheel, arises every 5-10 years, only to disappear and reappear once again. Ed School profs are more interested in discovering and proselytizing the NEXT BIG THING- but not proving it- than they are in simply teaching what works and what doesn't work in classrooms.
Related point. About one-third of all graduate degrees awarded in America are in Education. Democrats have tried to get mileage out of the fact that those with any graduate degree tend slightly to vote for Democrats.
Yet if you take the advanced degrees in Education out of that sample, the advantage disappears, and a greater percentage are Republicans. Think of it - even including the sociology, English, theater, anthropology, MSW, MLS, MFA and (blank) Studies advance degrees in the mix, more people with a graduate degree do not vote for the Democrats after all, once you take out the Ed's.
There are some smart people in Ed schools and some things worth learning. There just aren't enough of them.
Assistant Village Idiot
I did roll my eyes when my husband's father, a retired English professor, was bitterly scathing about the EdD who called himself "Doctor," but perhaps he was right when he said an EdD was a "lesser degree."