Betting on Teachers

From the recent Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools – William Bushaw  and Shane Lopez wrote this synopsis:

Are schools and teachers getting a bad rap?  The American public has its own views on this.

With all the heated discourse about American public education – documentary films, opinion articles in newspapers, and more opinions on blogs – or perhaps despite them, Americans have reached their own conclusions about what’s necessary to ensure a good education for all children:  Identify and retain great teachers.  Not only do Americans understand the need for great teachers, they also trust and support teachers who are in the classrooms now.  And when it comes to choosing between highly effective teachers versus class size or their style of presentation, they go with teachers every time.

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