Raising Standards Down Under

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The U.S. isn't the only country thinking about raising the bar for entry into teacher prep. Adrian Piccoli, the education minister in the Australia's largest state, recently called for higher admissions standards. Addressing concerns raised by teacher educators about the proposal, he said "I don't think the universities understand what is happening out in schools. The profession isn't happy with the quality of some of the graduates who are coming out of university." Teachers, principals and unions, Piccoli claims, are all in favor of making it tougher to get into the profession.