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Flipping Trends in Education October 12, 2012 8:30 AM | Tagged as education

 Ref: Oct 8, 2012 A19 – “The Imaginary Teacher Shortage” by Jay Greene

 
Both presidential candidates are promoting more teachers to solve our nation’s education problems.  Jay Greene, Professor of Education Reform at University of Arkansas, points out there may be a better way to improve our education than simply adding more teachers.
 
In 1970, we had 2 million teachers with a teacher-to-student ratio of 1 to 22. In 2012, we now have 3¼ million teachers and a ratio of 1 to 15. And a bloated federal bureaucracy. So how is it working out for us?
 
Not so hot!  In forty years, the scores in math and reading have stayed flat. Graduation rates have not improved.
 
This hiring binge has done nothing. Will more of the same fix our nation’s education system, Mr Obama and Mr. Romney?
 
The Biz Bucks Guy has long bought into the notion of privatizing education. Vouchers have been a success wherever they have been tried. Competition, not bureaucracy, drives things to get better. 
 
Greene argues that we should flip the forty-year trend. Start paying teachers 50% more and let the class sizes grow proportionately. How?  Competition will drive innovation in education, just as it has in every other industry. For example, information technology has revolutionized almost every aspect of our society…except for education.  Innovation will lead to more highly paid teachers, smarter kids, better “products” delivered for less cost. A motivated management team will only allow the best teachers to remain. If local school districts are to survive, it will be because they became competitive.

Everybody wins:  kids, parents, teachers, administrators, the nation…everybody…except the teachers unions who will have fewer members.  Shucky-darn.


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