“Most of them [teachers] are okay, not nearly enough are terrific, and a small but reprehensible number are pretty bad. [Eric] Hanushek has gone on to say, basically, if we fired the worst five percent of teachers and did not replace them, achievement would rise.”
In part two of my ongoing series on American education with Dr. Checker Finn, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, we discuss the state of American teachers and the quality of American teachers in our classrooms today. Dr. Finn explains what an enormous impact a teacher can have on a student’s performance. After a child’s parents, the teacher is the most important factor in a child’s education.