Better teachers make a difference

With the discussion on the great schools revolution one thing that came through clearly was that better teachers make a difference.

The arrival of a powerful new tool thus does not replace the other necessary element in education reform, the raising of teacher quality. Good teaching is the single biggest variable in educating pupils, bigger than class size, family background or school funding, says Eric Hanushek, an education expert at Stanford University?s Hoover Institution. And crucial to having better teachers is evaluating them properly, hiring, firing and promoting on merit.

This man would be burnt at the stake as a heretic at a teacher’s union meeting here.