Column: Students looking to become teachers declining due to education reform

A sense of discouragement in the classroom radiated from J&C reporter Mikel Livingston’s look recently at the declining number of applications for college of education slots at Indiana’s universities.

The numbers are difficult to deny, too. Overall college of education enrollment and applications at Purdue, Indiana and Ball State universities are down. The number of students looking to become teachers is on the decline.

Some of that stems from deliberate efforts to bring enrollment down in some of the colleges. But university officials and others told Livingston anecdotal evidence about how students are shying away, at least in part, because of perceptions that teachers are under attack in the state’s aggressive school reform movement.

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