An NYU Ed School professor opines in the LA Times:
Let's suppose you have spent your career as a professor at an American education school, training future teachers. Then suppose that your state decided that teachers could get certified without attending an education school at all.
That's called "alternative certification," and most of my school of education colleagues are outraged by it.
I take a different view. These new routes into teaching could transform the profession, by attracting the type of student that has eluded education schools for far too long. We should extend an olive branch to our competitors, instead of circling the wagons against them. ...
Education schools should create an opportunity to help train America's best and brightest students, with a full year to transform them into effective teachers. If we were to succeed, we'd have demonstrated once and for all the lasting value of U.S. education schools. And if we were to fail, we'd earn every bit of the disparagement that came our way.
To be honest, I'm not sure how we'd fare. But we owe it to ourselves - and to kids across America - to find out.