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Closing the Opportunity GapWhat America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance$
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Prudence L. Carter and Kevin G. Welner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199982981

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982981.001.0001

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Good Schools and Teachers for All Students

Good Schools and Teachers for All Students

Dispelling Myths, Facing Evidence, and Pursuing the Right Strategies

(p.181) 13 Good Schools and Teachers for All Students
Closing the Opportunity Gap

Barnett Berry

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Barnett Berry considers five common myths about schools and teachers:(1) too few talented individuals enter teaching, primarily because certification barriers discourage them from becoming classroom teachers; (2) teacher preparation and experience matter little for student achievement; (3) the key to improving schools is to eradicate tenure and remove incompetent teachers; (4) sound business principles should be applied to education, and merit pay is key to motivating teachers; (5) charter schools, by forcing traditional educators to compete for students and funding, have become key levers for school improvement. Berry then points to policy options that would lead to high-quality schools and teachers for all students. Because teachers are the most important in-school resource, the current national failure to invest in improving our teaching force and to equitably distribute this resource is contributing to the opportunity gap. These policies, he concludes, need not continue.

Keywords:   Teacher education, teacher quality, teacher preparation, student achievement

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