Trying to Teach Future Teachers
Posted at: 09/27/2013 3:29 PM
| Updated at: 09/27/2013 6:14 PM
By: Travis Dill
Dozens of educators that train future teachers got a chance to discuss education issues with Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon at UMD on Friday.
Prettner Solon lent her ear to the educators from over 20 public and private colleges across the state to get a feel for any issues they've seen in education.
“They're the educators from the universities and colleges that teach our teachers,” Prettner Solon said.
The professors said they work hard to train the college students, but some said cultural barriers can prevent good students from passing licensing tests. Those barriers can be due to English being a second language for students, or simply come down to the financial cost of the testing according to professors.
Prettner Solon said those factors leads to few teachers of color in Minnesota classrooms.
“At the same time these are people that are quite qualified and would make exceptional teachers in the classroom,” Prettner Solon said.
She said that is an issue because students of color are a growing population in Minnesota schools.
“We need to attract teachers of color also to be able to teach these students and provide well-rounded experiences for our kids,” Prettner Solon said.
The lieutenant governor said a $234 million investment in schools will help somewhat. It will provide things like all day kindergarten for every child in Minnesota. Still she said it won't help fix all the problems the educators are bringing to light.
“And it's not just dollars though that are the difference in good education,” Prettner Solon said.
So she said the conference discussion will allow her to bring ideas back to the capitol where they could help change policies.