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Document Type

Introductory Essay

Theme

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

Abstract

In 2002 the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) published new standards for its 632 member schools of education. The first standard included a requirement that schools of education assess pre-service teachers’ “dispositions,” and suggested the core values of a good teacher; among them was a belief in “social justice.” Indeed, until NCATE quietly dropped “social justice” from its materials last summer, it was given top billing along with such unassailable qualities as caring, fairness, honesty, and responsibility.

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