I want a degree in Education to be more difficult.
I don’t mean I want to make it really hard so we can weed out “bad teachers”.
I mean I want, “Wow, you got an education degree? That’s impressive,” to be something people actually say.
I want a Bachelors in Education to be so respected that teacher licensing exams are unnecessary.
I want a workload with a higher cognitive demand.
I want education majors who have to spend as much time on their work as engineers or fine arts majors do on their work.
I want research papers to be assigned for weekly reading rather than textbooks that summarize the information.
I want more classes in psychology, interpersonal communication, and counseling to be required.
I want education majors to take courses in content taught at the same level they will be teaching, using varying methods of teaching so they can see excellent teaching modeled, since there is a chance they never experienced it during their own K-12 education.
I want secondary education majors in elementary classrooms and elementary education majors in secondary classrooms to gain a better appreciation for their colleagues and a better understanding of how a subject can have continuity across grade levels.
I want secondary education majors observing in the classroom as early as the elementary education majors.
I want a 5 year degree for education majors.
In short, I want past Taylor to hate present Taylor, but secretly be thankful he received a rigorous education in education.