Analysis Of Eric Hanushek's Views On Teacher Quality In Education

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Eric Hanushek has thought-provoking views on teacher quality along with his criticism of the current K-12 education policies. He is a Stanford University professor who has researched the teacher quality in education. In fact, he argues that the standard of measures of quality for teachers such as educational attainment and experience do not show increased student performance. Hence, many teachers without the education background and experience produce higher student achievement. This difference in the ability to cover the curriculum with students means a decreased future earning capacity for those students. Hanushek then describes some education reforms that he supports that will have a greater impact on the achievement of students. Hanushek …show more content…
Better teachers are 3 times more productive than other teachers so their students learn more in a year than other teachers. He says having a good teacher 3 to 4 times in a row would bring substantial achievement gains for students in disadvantaged areas. In order, to have these substantial achievement gains, he suggests that a teacher should have an undergraduate degree in the area that he or she will teach as well as come from the top 25% of their graduating class. According to Hanushek, Piopiunik, & Wiederhold (2014), the top-performing systems we studied recruit their teachers from the top third of each cohort graduate from their school system thus having ans effect on teacher cognitive skills. Teachers with higher cognitive skills along with teacher quality have an impact on student achievement. This impact will appear in student performances in math and reading. Hanushek mentions that this impact has significant relevance for the future of this country. Nations where kids know more math grow faster, this is an additive effect that multiplies and impacts the economy. A student who gets a teacher in the 75th percentile will get a …show more content…
Hanushek states from EconTalk that constant policy changes, bureaucratic nonsense as well as the incentive structure which is distorted in both public and private schools but more so in public schools. He states that the best way to improve the educational system is to stop focusing on the teachers and administrators. The educational focus should be more aimed at learning how students learn and the why they learn. Focus should be on training and educating teachers and principals should on how to manage the learning process of students. Teaching should be an apprentice type of process where the teacher is the manager whose students need to be trained in their content. Students are not a customer but they are the product of their own process of

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