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From Stephen Krashen, “Our major financial efforts now should go toward protecting children from the effects of poverty. “

We are always wise to “embrace teacher quality as a goal” in general, but the current obsession with teacher quality is misguided. The intensive focus on teacher quality, teacher evaluation, and teacher education confirms the false assumption that there is something seriously wrong with teachers in the US today. There is no evidence this is so. In fact, there is strong evidence suggesting that our teachers are doing a very good job: When we control for poverty, our students score at the top of the world on international tests. Go to the original…

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