Better teaching: Teacher training

Why trainee teachers get a raw deal My blog post from a few years back
Review of BBC3's Tough Youg Teachers From Tom Bennett, writing for

We Need to Rewrite the Textbook on How to Teach Teachers - (in America) Link From
Learning About Learning.
The report cited in the link above
Link "We have been consistently frustrated by the lack of discussion in many of these textbooks of teaching strategies that are backed up by strong evidence, and by a frequent overemphasis on strategies for which evidence is anecdotal at best. "
Report from National Council on Teacher Quality
Do We Have a Teacher-Prep Problem? Blogpost from an American High-school perspective (Peter deWitt) but much of it applies here also.
What do teacher preparation programs actually teach? Classroom management doesn't feature too highly. Blogpost from Jacob Waters (American: does the same apply here?
The Role of US Physics Departments in High School Teacher Education "Many physics departments convey to their students (often unintentionally) the message that teaching is a second-class career option." Ouch!
To improve our schools, we need to make it harder to become a teacher.  A vew from the United States. References the contrast between there Finland
Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” Actually we don't even get that.
Standards ‘still high’ at teacher training courses From the Irish Examiner
" . . . at some stage during their first year, every one of them considered leaving teaching." Link Report on the experiences of new teachers. From
Are Tenured Professors Better Classroom Teachers? "We find consistent evidence that students learn relatively more from non-tenure line professors in their introductory courses."
There's a Cheaper, More Effective Way to Train Teachers
Why school systems across the United Stataes should adopt an apprenticeship model. From
Overview of the debate on Qualified Teacher Status in England From
Roxanna Elden: Myth of the Super Teacher YouTube. 13 mins
Unfortunately teacher-training is very much tied to relgion in many of our colleges, particularly at Primary Level Still in the Dark Ages in so many ways. Opinion Piece in The Irish Times from Fintan O' Toole
"Policy on the continuum of teacher education" Policy paper waffle from the Teaching Council. pdf
Do not, I repeat NOT, go in all guns firing It will backfire. YouTube skit. 3 mins