The New Yorker Misses an ‘Ed Reformer’ Canard

The New Yorker, famous for its fact-checking rigor, missed an unsubstantiated swipe at “educational reformers” in an otherwise engaging piece by James Surowiecki on improving the performance of professionals.
If American teachers—unlike athletes or manufacturing workers—haven’t got much better over the past three decades, it’s largely because their training hasn’t, either. Some educational reformers in the United States insist that we don’t need to worry about training: firing all the bad teachers would be enough. Who are these “reformers” that argue you can fire your way to a quality teaching force? Those working to reform hiring practices invariably want to see improved training for aspiring and current teachers. Yet countries that perform exceptionally well in international comparisons—among them Finland, Japan, and Canada—all take teacher training extremely seriously. They train teachers rigorously before they get in the classroom, and they make sure that the training continues throughout their work lives.
Hat-tip to Sara Mead at Bellwether.

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