- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I agree that too much time and effort have been spent on the skills required for teaching and not enough on the mastery of the subject by the teacher (“America woefully out-scienced,” Web, Dec. 29).

Too much emphasis has been placed on education courses, in particular at the master’s level. Both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, if the latter is obtained, should focus on the subject or subjects the teacher eventually will teach. Thepresence of rigorous training in a teachable subject and not a multitude of education courses should lead to a greater proficiency for both the teacher and the student.

Emphasis on education courses is one of the reasons our students rank so poorly in international ratings. More depth in subject knowledge and less emphasis on technique could be the answer. A few education courses are all that should be required for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring, Md.