A panel of experts, moderated by The Wall Street Journal’s managing editor, Alan Murray, gathered recently to discuss some of the challenges behind improving K-12 math and science education across the country.
Research and experience have shown that even more than good schools, good teachers are key to improving individual students’ learning. “We know today that good teachers make all the difference,” Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, said at the panel.
“The most important thing is to bring to K-12 education college graduates who excel in math and sciences,” added Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Whereas other countries recruit teachers from the top tier of graduates, he said, “America is recruiting our teachers generally from the bottom third.”
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