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Op-Ed: Teachers need a new kind of training

April 23, 2013

A report authored by the Faculty of Education's Task Force on Teacher Education for the 21st Century was once again mentioned in an op-ed written by Geoff Johnson, retired superintendent of schools. The op-ed appearing in the Times Colonist states:

"Today’s kids are awash in a computerized technology that does not distinguish between information and knowledge. So it will be up to their teachers to help them distinguish gold from dross. This raises the question as to how the next cohort of teachers are being prepared to meet this challenge, and it makes a recent Simon Fraser University report more interesting.

Authored by the Task Force on Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TEF21), the SFU report is directed at creating an updated vision for teacher education in B.C.

“The challenge for planners and policy-makers,” say the authors, “is to move their thinking beyond immediate issues and current realities; anticipate change and look around the corner … and instead to forecast what learning portals and school structures might look like in the future; predict what kinds of teachers and teaching repertoires will be required for these new school organizations and portals; imagine and design innovative and informed practices for recruiting, selecting and preparing teachers.”

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