The critical place of teacher preparation
In debates about education, the idea that teaching and teachers are crucially important to students' learning is virtually universally accepted.
This idea is, of course, at the foundation of work that educators are doing to understand and cultivate effective teaching practice. It is also central to pushes for greater accountability from schools that focus on teachers. And it is even assumed in the bursts of public criticism that locate blame for school and system failures with the teaching corps.