Do Universities Need To Do A Better Job Preparing Teachers?

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Sarah Henchey has been a middle school teacher for seven years and occasionally she runs into a student from her first class.

“I tell them ‘I’m so sorry,’” Henchey told a group of education writers. “I was at the beginning of my career and I was still figuring out what to do.”

How Henchey and other young educators are prepared for their first jobs by universities and other programs has come under fire as school reformers look to improve the quality of teaching.

Even teachers unions are calling for changes in colleges, with National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel among those who say teaching needs to be “fixed on the front end.”

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