Sunday, January 4, 2009

Teachers don't matter

In this weekends Wall Street Journal, James P. Testerman, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association states:

A recent study published in the Journal of Collective Negotiations found that Pennsylvania teacher strikes are not associated with negative academic outcomes, measured by student performance on state standardized tests, attendance and graduation rates.

I guess this begs the question of the value added when teachers are there. He then finishes it up with:

The Journal prides itself as an advocate for free-market capitalism, yet you would deny a relationship between teacher compensation and teacher quality. Compensation is a teacher quality issue.

As an advocate of the free market myself, I challenge Mr. Testerman to also be in favor of school vouchers where true competition could actually take place. Give people money to send their kids to the schools they want and we will see who is and is not compensated appropriately.


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