Over at the Oregon Economics Blog there was a post about what can be done to improve education. The idea was that if you got better students to become teachers, then you would get better education.
I responded by saying, all well and good as a question, but what scares away students who might make good teachers.
Here’s a piece of the original post,
On Sunday, The Oregonian published a massively long op-ed piece by two McKinsey consultants arguing that the US has a big problem in the fact that out very top students are not going into teaching (K-12). They spend a long time describing how poor the US is at attracting top college students to go into teaching relative to other countries that have top performing education systems. They spend a long time discussing the ways that the US could go about fixing this problem and how it is not a daunting as it seems.
But throughout the entire article is the assumption, left unexamined until the last paragraph despite its massive length, that better students make better teachers. The problem with this is that the answer appears to be no.