Teacher Certification

To the Editor:


Sarah Love contends (“No Private School Funding,” April 9) that “publkic schools take all comers.” When it comes to faculty, a recent Calvert Institute study  shows that our public schools exclude 90% of qualified scientists and liberal arts graduates from the teaching force, by requiring 27 credit hours of ‘,methods’ courses. The best comment on this was by a famous private school headmaster, Horace Taft, 75 years ago: “A normal achool is an institution in which subnormal students are taught by abnormal teachers. No teacher can begin his career in a piublic school without taking a course which in the eyes of countless sensible men is largely a waste of time.”


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