chapter  9
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Folk Psychology, Folk Pedagogy, and Their Relations to Subject-Matter Knowledge

As this chapter is being written, controversy swirls in the state of Massachusetts. The topic of oftentimes acrimonious and sanctimonious debate concerns how well teacher-education departments prepare teachers for their profession. The debate has been used as a stick to beat the drums of a gubernatorial race. The head of the education division in the state of Massachusetts resigned purportedly out of indignation that a topic of such importance was getting used for political purposes. Boston newspapers were filled with op-ed articles and letters to the editor for and against college departments of education, teachers, and the ways in which departments of education prepare future teachers.