Marc Tucker responds to the Council of Chief State School Officers' call to action on teacher quality and argues that, while the proposal is a step in the right direction, the chief state school officers need to take a more systematic view of creating a world-class teaching force.
A guest blog by Jal Mehta, Assistant Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, on how the AFT can build upon its bar exam proposal.
Marc Tucker takes a look at the AFT's report on improving teacher quality, explaining that more rigorous teacher licensure standards, coupled with improved teacher compensation and professional environments, could dramatically improve the teaching force.
Marc Tucker explains that at the root of the skills gap challenge, there is a failure to provide the kind and quality of basic education that is the foundation of good vocational training.
Returning from a trip abroad, Marc Tucker explains how Australia has successfully automated almost all of the jobs in its biggest industry and how Singapore has developed a basic education system and a vocational education and training system that will sustain its future economy and workforce.
Marc Tucker discusses the politics around raising entrance requirements at teacher colleges and improving teacher pay.
Good teaching is not just about conveying the material well, but about helping students make that connection to something they think they can be good at, something they really want to work hard at, something they want to put the time into.
Marc Tucker argues that there is no evidence that charters, competition, and school choice will produce major improvements in student performance at the scale of a state, province or nation.
Ray Marshall, Secretary of Labor in the Carter administration is a distinguished labor economist - and personal friend - who long ago decided that education is perhaps the most important key to broadly shared prosperity in modern industrial economies. So he has spent a lot of his time over the last three decades working to understand what policies make for effective national education systems. More recently, he has turned his attention to national immigration policy. Some might see this as switching fields, but not Ray. As far as he is concerned, if the aim is broadly shared national ...
Marc Tucker argues that school choice and market incentives in education will only serve to make good schools better and bad schools worse.