Friday, July 22, 2005
"Scientifically-based" and Profit-based teacher preparation
George Bush's former Texas reading czar, Reid Lyon, said in 2002 that “if there was any legislation I could pass it would be to blow up colleges of education.” One can imagine that Dr. Lyon, recently departed from NICHD, is now planning to do the next best thing, to create, with serious Texas money behind him, the new American College of Education—a very different kind of teacher preparation, we might imagine. Envisioned as a nationwide chain of store, er, campuses, ACE hopes to prepare teachers for the MacSchools of the future, private, too, of course. Supplying the capital for this venture is Randy Best, founder of Voyager Expanded Learning, a scripted, phonic-based approach to literacy, and now patented, that's right, patented as the only reading system "guaranteed against illiteracy." These are serious capitalists, er, educators here.