It’s (not just) the teachers stupid!

There is a more subtle view on this than I had earlier appreciated. See this piece by Pasi Sahlberg. This is not just about school teachers  either.

In many under-performing nations, I notice, three fallacies of teacher effectiveness prevail.

The first belief is that “the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.” This statement became known in education policies through the influential McKinsey & Company report titled “How the world’s best performing school systems come out on top”…….

The second fallacy is that “the most important single factor in improving quality of education is teachers.”………….

The third fallacy is that “If any children had three or four great teachers in a row, they would soar academically, regardless of their racial or economic background, while those who have a sequence of weak teachers will fall further and further behind”……….

Post by Jonathan Rees

Clinical academic and skin watcher at the University of Edinburgh

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