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June 27, 2013

THEIR VIEW: Opinions from other newspapers for June 27

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Local taxpayers should appreciate that the governor stood his ground in vetoing the measure, just as they should appreciate that lawmakers overrode the veto. They all appeared to be looking out for the interest of Jackson County residents, but common sense, we think, rested with overturning the veto.

That said, we will repeat an admonition made in an earlier editorial on this costly mistake — county officials must make sure such an oversight doesn’t happen again.

— The Tribune, Seymourr

 

Better-prepared teachers crucial for Indiana

The pressure on teachers is admittedly more intense now than ever. Their salaries, job security and their schools’ rankings are increasingly dependent on their students’ academic performance. The new, clear message — deliver results — is unsettling to many veterans of a profession that for years was less focused on the bottom line.

Yet the stakes are even higher for our city, state and nation. And for the students themselves.

That’s because the economic future of communities and individuals is tied ever tighter to education attainment. To put it simply, those with the skills to flourish on a college campus will, on average, prosper in the work world of today. Conversely, those unable or unwilling to get training beyond high school are likely to struggle to find and keep jobs that pay a decent salary.

So it’s more vital than ever to ensure that the people hired to stand in front of classrooms to help prepare students are themselves well trained.

Unfortunately, a new national study indicates that far too many new teachers are not well-equipped to lead classrooms. The National Council on Teacher Quality, which analyzed data from more than 1,100 teacher training programs in preparing its report, described education schools as a whole as an “industry of mediocrity.” “The vast majority of teacher preparation programs do not give aspiring teachers adequate return on their investment of time and tuition dollars,” the report concluded. Academic standards for prospective teachers tend not to be high enough and student teaching assignments are not sufficiently challenging, the report found.

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