Who Lost Kristoff? And, Why America’s Teachers Are Doomed To Work For Low Pay…

In Sunday’s Times Nicholas Kristoff basically says that Newoldschool teacher is right!

The idea behind teacher certification is that there are special skills that are picked up in teacher training courses — secret snake-charming skills to keep the little vipers calm. But there’s no evidence this is so.

Also, and I’m not making this up, on a panel at an ECS forum on teacher quality last Friday in Delaware a guy from the NEA who works on teacher pay said that the reason teacher salaries are so low in this country is that the NEA spent the last thirty years focusing mostly on student achievement. Seriously, he said that.* If that is indeed true then America’s teachers have little hope of ever seeing much better wages…

*To be fair, one union head there confided he was embarrassed…

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