2015 March 11 Wednesday
Teach For America Idealism Does Not Help

A result sure to be thoroughly ignored due to confirmation bias: Ivy League students are not God's gift to schools full of low-performing students.

What happens to student test scores when super-high-achieving college graduates spend a couple of years teaching in low-income schools? Well, not a whole lot, according to a new random-assignment study from the policy-research group Mathematica.

On the bright side: college grads with just 5 weeks of teacher training in a cram course were able to teach just as well as experienced teachers who attended education schools. This is another finding that is sure to be ignored due to vested interests and confirmation bias. What, the value of professional training in college ed departments is close to worthless?

Our society has lost a ton of knowledge about human nature that is going to require decades of research to claw back.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 March 11 05:39 PM 

Nick said at March 12, 2015 7:25 AM:

I would like to teach, but I will never subject myself to attending a "school of education" to join a teacher's guild. Its like we're still living in the middle ages but we have iPhones.

Hairybroness said at March 12, 2015 8:50 AM:

Maybe the problem is more about the stifling weight of the education bureaucracy hamstringing all efforts at truly educating kids. This plus the measurement metrics suffering the same plight.

Stephen said at March 14, 2015 4:33 AM:

Randall, I think you're wrongly assuming that the key skill set of teachers is teaching. It isn't. The core skill is trying to socialise children (5yo up to late teens) who each have a different personality and world view. That's a tough and fussy skill to learn and use.

Then we ask the teachers to teach random topics.

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