John Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and interim CEO of Education Sector, will give a talk on his new book, The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don't Have Them and How We Could, on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at the Pew Conference Center in Washington, DC.
The United States aims to be the highest achieving nation in the world in producing successful students and entrepreneurs. Other countries also strive to achieve this goal, making education increasingly competitive. There is much discussion about having the best schools and highest achievement in the world, but there is little talk about having the best teachers in the world.
Chubb suggests moving beyond licensing and other regulatory approaches to teacher quality, focusing on providing quality by measuring performance directly—including direct measurement of both teacher effectiveness and training effectiveness—with the success of each gauged by the ability of participants subsequently to raise student achievement. Given strong incentives to perform and the information to do so, he shows, the US educational system can improve teacher training and raise teacher quality to the highest levels in the world.
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