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Jane Shaw: Why Teacher Certification Is Useless

July 15, 2013

The North Carolina legislature is considering allowing charter schools to hire more uncertified teachers. Won't that mean worse-qualified teachers in classrooms? Jane Shaw, president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in North Carolina, joins the podcast to explain why not. There are many reasons, but among them are the extreme politicization of higher education in general and teacher education in specific, the virtual monopoly education schools have over teacher training, and research that shows teacher certification regulations can actually reduce teacher quality.