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    #1

    to weed out the worst performers

    Hi, the phrase is a bit complicated. In my understanding the author is disapproving tardy [years into a teacherís career] rigor and complex evaluation schemes, destined to demoralize. Just the detail about designed to weed out the worst performers doesn't fit in: it is not bad, is it? Thank you.
    "In Finland, all education schools were selective. Getting into a teacher-training program there was as prestigious as getting into medical school in the United States. The rigor started in the beginning, where it belonged, not years into a teacherís career with complex evaluation schemes designed to weed out the worst performers, and destined to demoralize everyone else". The smartest kids in the world by Amanda Ripley)

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    Re: to weed out the worst performers

    'To weed something out' is an idiom meaning to remove undesirable aspects or candidates. When you weed your garden, you're removing the unwanted plants (the weeds), and leaving the desirable vegetables or flowers.

    The same principle applies here to Finland's teacher education programs. They're designed to "weed out" the people who won't make good teachers. This is done early in the process, instead of waiting until prospective teachers have nearly completed training.

    The author's opinion is that this is a good thing - get rid of potentially unfit teachers early on, instead of waiting until late in the process, thereby giving false encouragement to candidates who don't have the right mindset to be teachers.

    Just like it's better to weed your garden when you first see the young small weeds, instead of waiting and allowing the weeds to get well established. It's more difficult to uproot the weeds if they're given a chance to establish strong roots. Plus, there's also the chance of damaging the desirable plants when you pull big weeds.
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    Re: to weed out the worst performers

    You are partly right, Skrej, but the weeding out process referred to to takes place in some countries 'years into a teacher’s career', not when they have nearly completed training.

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    Re: to weed out the worst performers

    Edit: After re-reading the article, I realized Piscean is correct - the article is referring to weeding out during early training, versus years into the career.

    Thanks for catching my misread.
    Last edited by Skrej; 14-Jul-2016 at 12:21.
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    Re: to weed out the worst performers

    So, you mean everething after the word career , all this complex evaluation schemes designed to weed out the worst performers, and destined to demoralize everyone else relates to the beginning?

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