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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tough Times for Good Teachers

I am a big fan of the American Enterprise Institute. When I was in DC, I attended at least one conference there, and my institute worked closely with them on a variety of projects.

One of their scholars, Charles Murray, writes an essay about some of the factors that run good teachers out of the classroom. He recently wrote a book about education in America, and included the stories of three of the best teachers he could find. Those three teachers have left the public schools where they taught for three different reasons.

Now, Murray has a controversial history, and his recent book raises some points that are sure to cause lively discussion, but his story of three good teachers leaving the classroom speaks for itself.

You know, the goals of our education system are different today than they were 15 years ago. Our schools don't do the same job now that they did then. Teachers don't do the same job they did then. I don't know if it's good or bad (it's probably at least a little of both).

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