Teachers need Don Draper.
Lost in the hot debate about whether or not preschool helps kids later in life are data-supported findings about the value of great teaching.
A 2013 study of early childhood education, funded by the Foundation for Child Development, has produced “too much evidence to ignore,” according to the non-profit, nonpartisan New America Foundation.
As a part of that research, psychology professor Deborah Phillips, of Georgetown University, found that her seven month study of early childhood education programs in Tulsa, OK exposed what a “model for the whole country” could look like in education.
Phillips, highlighted in an article on NPR, identifies a handful of factors that lead to a successful preschool. The formula is simple:
1. A well funded program
2. A low teacher-student ratio
3. Qualified, supported, and well paid teachers
“The role of the teacher in all of this, researchers say, is the foundation of a high-quality preschool program,” says NPR.
It’s not a moral problem.
Education needs to do a better job selling the most important fact in improving and sustaining education: a great teacher costs money.
And like dental work, the roof of your house, or great seats to an amazing concert, she is worth it.
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