Teacher Quality and Our Future

Opinion pieces on the importance of teacher quality appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post over the weekend.

“If I were a cub reporter today,” writes New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman, “I’d…want to be covering the epicenter of national security — but that would be the Education Department.”

Why?

“President Obama got this one exactly right,” Friedman writes, “when he said that whoever ‘out-educates us today is going to out-compete us tomorrow’.”

Friedman goes on to talk about the importance of improving how we recruit, train, support, evaluate and compensate teachers, noting Secretary Duncan’s statement that what we do in the next 5 years on these issues will shape public education for the next 30 years.

The Washington Post says in an editorial:

“Teacher quality is the single most important in-school determinant of student achievement; that is why the need is so great to make reforms in how teachers are evaluated, compensated and supported.”

Read the pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post.