Are Teacher Certifications Worth the Paper They’re Printed On?

Source: Wikimedia Commons Recently, a 13-year old graph was dusted off and shared widely on social media. That graph (pictured below) was part of a 2006 Brookings Institute report titled, "Identifying Effective Teachers Using Performance on the Job." Authors Robert Gordon, Thomas Kane, and Douglas Staiger argue that teacher effectiveness, in fact, has little to nothing to do with certification. Many critics of school choice will trot out the...

Education is About Children First

Recently, the largest teacher union in the United States held its annual meeting, referred to as a "representative assembly." During this meeting, the more than 6,000 delegates submitted for review and approval over 160 "new business items." These items amount to resolutions to be adopted as policy positions to be maintained by the union, its leaders, and its members. Among these resolutions, the second of 161 in total, was an item that proposed...

Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia, got surplus school space made of stona

by Matthew Ladner Note: This article appeared originally at Chamber Business News. Reproduced here with the permission of the author. Egypt arose as “the gift of the Nile” because the river enabled easy transport. Arizona can be thought of as “the gift of the Colorado” given that without the canal bringing down water there would be far fewer of us here. Ancient Egypt and modern Arizona share other similarities-including an arid climate...

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