|Action||Comprehensive Revision of the Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in|
|Comment Period||Ends 10/31/2015|
8VAC20-543-90 and 8VAC20-543-140. Professional studies requirements
I ask that you reconsider and keep the foundations course requirement. I have worked in the field of education in Virginia for 43 years. During that time, I have observed a growing pragmatic desire within education to reflect less on the foundations of why schools function as they do, in preference to just preparing teachers pedagogically. To decrease the amount of time focused on the philosophical, theoretical, and historical aspects of the foundations of education, from a full course to an element within a course as advocated in this change, will significantly impact teacher preparation by minimizing understandings of the roots of education that are fundamental to the thrust and values within pedagogy. May we not sacrifice the teaching of who we are and how we came to be as schools and as teachers for the sake of streamlining regulations.