House Speaker Lockhart said “too many new teacher graduate from Utah’s colleges and universities with an education degree, but little to no understanding of how to effectively implement technology in the classroom.” She also said, “They have no idea how to use technology to enhance the learning process.” She describes the situation as “horrific.”
A quick perusal of the websites and course requirements for elementary and secondary education majors at Utah State, Weber State, University of Utah and Utah Valley University indicated that all students must take an educational technology course to graduate and obtain a teaching license.
Lockhart either has forgotten this fact, which was pointed out to the education committee earlier this year, or has chosen to ignore it in an effort to drum up support for the initiative. While the initiative may have merit on its own, it is not needed to rectify supposed outdated methods in the state’s teacher preparation programs. The programs are up-to-date in preparing teachers with an understanding of how to implement technology in today’s classrooms.
I would encourage legislators and the public to investigate why spurious claims are being used to support this bill. We expect better research and understanding of the issues from our legislators.