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Redesign the System

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Americans are frustrated with the poor academic performance of our students. Study after study details how our students fail to stack up against their peers in other countries. Just this week a report estimated that more than 1 million students dropped out of the class of 2010.

Many politicians blame teachers or parents for disappointing education outcomes. But blaming these groups misses the structural problems in our education system that produces a teaching force of mixed quality and consequently diminished status. If we want to make teaching a more desirable career option for the best and the brightest, here’s what we need to do.

Read more here.

This article was originally published in The New York Times.

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