On another post Anonymous wrote:
"Check out the compelling Commentary in Education Week (Oct 19, 2011) back page:
“Two Education Reform Agendas: One Leads to Success Across the Globe, the other to the U.S. System” by Marc Tucker (President at NCEE).
Quotes from the article:
“We cannot fire our way to a world-class teaching force.”
“Our organization, the National Center on Education and the Economy has researched the education systems of the top-performing nations for more than 20 years to find out how they do it. It turns out the explanation is pretty straightforward."
"First, most of these top-10 nations put more money behind their hardest-to-educate students than those who are easier to educate. Second, most have developed world-class academic standards for their students, a curriculum to match the standards, and high-quality examinations (not multiple choice tests) and instructional materials based on that curriculum. And teachers are prepared to teach the required curriculum, though they are treated like professionals and therefore often have considerable discretion in their practice.”
“And while we (U.S.) have a teacher quality agenda, it is pointed in a direction and based on a set of principles that are nearly antithetical to those pursued by our competitors.” "