This PBS NewsHour Segment On Teacher Residency Is Too Soft


It often seems that education journalism focuses too much, too often on conflict and criticism, but this PBS NewsHour segment on a pioneering Boston teacher residency program might go too far the other direction. Concerns about the costs, quality, and retention rates of residency programs aren’t addressed until very late in the piece, and only superficially. Watch the show above or read the transcript here.

For a more nuanced, in-depth look at alternative teacher training programs that put teaching candidates in the classroom as part of their initial training, you might look at this Chicago Public Radio series The Education of Jose Garcia (Part 2Part 3).

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at