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Teachers should major in subject of interest, not teaching

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer Modified: May 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm •  Published: May 15, 2013

“Study shows need to better prepare teachers” (Our Views, May 10) and Paul Risser's “Common Core is best chance for students” (Point of View, May 10) reminded me of the debate I had with George Cross, a former president of the University of Oklahoma, in which I argued for the replacement of colleges of education by the requirement that prospective teachers major in the subject, or subjects, of their interest and then take several courses — but no more than one semester — on how to teach.

Leon W. Zelby, Norman

Zelby is professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.