Despite growing evidence of the importance of high-quality teaching, the vast majority of the nation's teachers are being prepared in programs that have low admission and graduation standards and cling to an outdated vision of teacher education, according to a recent report.

The report, issued by the nonprofit Education Schools Project, identifies several model programs but finds that most education schools are engaged in a "pursuit of irrelevance," with curricula in disarray and faculty disconnected from classrooms and colleagues. These schools have "not kept pace with changing demographics, technology, global competition, and pressures to raise...

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