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August 31, 2011

Our 'Social Security Crisis' in Teacher Compensation

There's little doubt that the Social Security system is broken. While it provides a critical safety net for senior citizens, it's one of the worst retirement investments I could possibly make. I honestly don't expect to see a dime of the Social Security tax I pay returned to me as retirement benefit...

August 29, 2011

Making Teacher Compensation a Non-Issue

Last week, I shared a provocative quote from Marc Tucker of the National Center on Education and the Economy: All we need to do to acquire a very poor teaching force is nothing. Tucker is saying not that we presently have a very poor teaching force, but that our teacher education programs are now a...

August 24, 2011

Defining "Better" in the Teacher Workforce

Earlier this week, I shared an extended quote from Marc Tucker about the future of the teaching workforce in the US, in which he presents a dire perspective on the "quality" of people entering teaching today. Since testing and accountability didn't turn out to improve education very much, national ...

August 23, 2011

"All we need to do to acquire a very poor teaching force is nothing."

"All we need to do to acquire a very poor teaching force is nothing." So says Marc Tucker, President and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy, in this July 22 podcast (MP3) from Bloomberg EDU. He explains: We are now about to get the worst teachers we have ever had, for at least ...

August 03, 2011

MassMutual Recruits Teachers to Sell Insurance

I get a lot of education-related email at my Gmail address, so I often see education-related ads of all kinds. But this one takes the cake: Yes, MassMutual, an insurance company, is actively, explicitly recruiting former or would-be-former teachers to sell insurance. You can see the pitch, compl...

July 14, 2011

Subsidies to the Teaching Profession

@eduleadership As Nicholas Kristof noted a few months ago in the NY Times, the quality of the teaching profession was long subsidized by discrimination and other barriers preventing talented people from entering other fields: Until a few decades ago, employment discrimination perversely strengthene...

April 05, 2011

Buying Better Student Achievement

@eduleadership When we need higher student achievement on lower budgets, we're obliged to review all the money we're spending and ask: does this buy better student achievement? —Bill Gates, speaking to the Council of Chief State School Officers, November 19, 2010 How can education salary dol...

April 03, 2011

Raising the Status of Teachers

@eduleadership The New York Times ran a Room for Debate feature entitled "How to Raise the Status of Teachers" last week that is an absolute must-read. The various contributors cover most of the current landscape of teacher quality reform efforts, with many intelligent insights. Here are some highl...

March 25, 2011

You Get What You Pay For

@eduleadership The New York Yankees have won the World Series 27 times, more than any other team. The most promising strategy for an underperforming team, of course, is to identify the techniques used by the Yankees and implement them with fidelity. I've decided to become a baseball policy wonk. ...

March 10, 2011

Wisconsin Busts Public Unions - What's Next?

@eduleadership In case there was any doubt that teachers' unions are falling on hard times in the US, a major blow landed today as Wisconsin legislators abruptly passed Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting plan: The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on...

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