Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave a superb speech in November called the New Normal. He observed that this era of austerity should be an occasion to increase productivity and cut the things that are ineffective. Duncan is a fountain of ideas to make more with less.As a parent, I agree. But I don't think our schools can do this now, because they will not acknowledge that some teachers are better than others are.
For example, he says, if we have to increase class sizes, we should put more kids in with the best teachers and then we should pay those teachers more to compensate for the extra load. Most of us parents would rather see our kids in a class of 30 with a great teacher than a class of 25 with an average one.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Arne Duncan, class size and champion teachers
David Brooks writes that Arne Duncan espouses the idea of "Gold Star" teachers.