Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see. But their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it. Indeed, their remedies are part of the disease.
Oscar Wilde (1891), The Soul of Man under Socialism
And so: NCTQ releases yet another think tank faux-report that will spur yet more press-release journalism.
In the wake of the Vergara ruling in California, which is one intended consequence of maintaining the distracting drum beat about “bad teachers,” I am convinced that NCTQ is implementing a strategy dramatized in the (regretfully) ignored film In Time: Keep everyone so frantic and thus distracted that no one can confront, as Oscar Wilde so wonderfully states, that NCTQ’s “remedies are part of the disease.”
I cannot and see no need to speak directly to new reports from NCTQ because, as I have stated before:
NCTQ offers no credible agenda or scholarship worthy of reforming teacher education. But this ideological think tank is a disturbing example of all that is wrong with the current education reform movement that has allowed people without experience or expertise as educators to perpetuate an education reform agenda through the weight of money, political influence, and media compliance.
Here, however, I will gather my previous posts on NCTQ as well as the expected responses to come—keeping in mind that we can feel safe even before looking at the report that NCTQ remains a think tank without credibility.
Responses to NCTQ
Why NCTQ Is Wrong, NCTE
NCTQ’s Gradual Unmasking [UPDATED] (See compiled list of earlier responses to NCTQ at the end.)
Those Nonsense Annual NCTQ Ratings Are Coming on June 17, Mercedes Schneider
A “Fuller” Look at Education Issues, Ed Fuller
Knowledge Ventriloquism, EduShyster
Bunkum on teacher quality from the corporate reformers, Fred Klonsky
Professor: How NCTQ Restricts My Reading List, Katherine Crawford-Garrett
Reading Professor Responds to NCTQ Blast at Her Post, Katherine Crawford-Garrett
Statement on NCTQ Teacher Prep Review from Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., AACTE President and CEO
NCTQ/USNWR Review, AACTE
Also from Schneider
- NCTQ Gets Caught in a Data Collecting Lie on May 23, 2014
- On the Serving Platter: The NEA-Teach Plus “Partnership” on February 22, 2014
- The Importance of Common Core for Nationally-pervasive Ed Reform on December 22, 2013
- AACTE Endorses CAEP; Testing Companies Win. on September 7, 2013
- Reformer Love for the Opinion Pages on July 30, 2013