First, Mr. Stritikus blames the legislature.
Last year, the Legislature required all public colleges and universities that prepare teachers in the state to begin providing alternative programs that take less time while keeping high standards for teacher candidates.But he remains un-apologetic about UW's role. He tries to shift the focus to an abstract question about teacher effectiveness. In short, he wants to teach the controversy.
A couple points.
1) Mr. Stritikus fails to disclose his affiliation with Teach for America. He is a former corps member. This failure to disclose stinks and the stink clings to Crosscut.
2) The law may require colleges of education to develop alternative certification paths, but none of the other ones locally felt driven to partner with Teach for America. He attempt to shift blame to the legislature fails.
3) Mr. Stritikus seems to say that he has no idea what makes for good training for teachers. That's a pretty odd statement for the dean of a college of education to make, don't ya think? He's selling something to his students while saying that he's not sure if it's at all worthwhile. Youch!