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How much more should experienced teachers earn?

Should experienced teachers earn a lot more than beginners? Just a little more? Whatever the amount of money we have available to spend on teacher salaries, we ought to divvy it up in whatever way gets us the most, best … Continue reading

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Same old, same old

There’s a new release of Education at a Glance. It has the usual comparison of teacher salaries relative to other college educated workers in the U.S. and other countries. And the message is depressing as usual. Teacher salaries in the … Continue reading

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U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests

So I lifted the title of this post from the very nice piece over at Education Next. Recommended reading if you have a few minutes. If you have a few more minutes, you might want to go through the longer, … Continue reading

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Hechinger blows one with some help from UNESCO

The usually reliable and cool Hechinger Report blew one last week, reporting “…  I always thought that many developed nations paid their teachers far more than we do in the United States. So I was surprised to see that U.S. public … Continue reading

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  1. The UNESCO chart might plausibly imply that Korean teachers might do well to emigrate to the United States — if they could find work here. The fact that American teachers may have more high-earning neighbours than Korean teachers do is largely irrelevant to everyone except young people considering teaching vs. other careers: the overall labour profiles of the two countries differ, and the two sets of teachers aren’t actually being compared to the same neighbours, so that’s an apples vs. oranges comparison.

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We don’t suck that much

Martin Carnoy and Richard Rothstein’s report released two weeks ago by the Economic Policy Institute, “What Do International Tests Really Show About U.S. Student Performance?” has received a good deal of press attention. That’s well deserved because it makes a … Continue reading

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