Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Schools

Writing in Slate, Ray Fisman explores the question of why public schools are so bad at hiring good teachers. An excerpt:

Lombardi suggests replacing this system with an apprenticeship program. Rather than requiring teaching degrees (which don't seem to improve value-added all that much), new recruits would have a couple of years of in-school training. There would then come a day of reckoning, when teachers-to-be would face a serious evaluation before securing union membership and a job for life.

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