Title

Return of the Thought Police?

Publication Title

Education Next

Publication Date

Spring 2007

Document Type

Article

Keywords

academic freedom, teacher disposition, dispositions assessment, teacher personality

Disciplines

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Sociology | Teacher Education and Professional Development

Abstract

The article discusses the concerns raised against the disposition assessment of aspiring teachers and the evaluation of teachers' mental hygiene and personality. It cites that the critics of disposition assessment accuse education schools in the U.S. of acting as ideological gatekeepers to public school employment. It relates the conflict caused by the inclusion of social justice in the definition of dispositions by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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