Publication Date: September 2008
Publisher: The Philanthropy Roundtable
Author(s): Andrew J. Rotherham
Research Area: Education
Keywords: importance of teachers; improving education; qualified teachers
Coverage: United States
This Philanthropy Roundtable guidebook for donors reinforces the findings of recent research that confirms that teachers matter more to student learning than anything else. It finds that teachers and principals are insufficiently recruited, inadequately trained, inequitably distributed, and unfairly compensated. It cites studies that have found that having a high-quality teacher throughout elementary school can offset—or even eliminate—the disadvantage of a low socioeconomic background. It urges philanthropists who are serious about improving education in America, particularly among our neediest children, not to ignore the importance of improving human capital in schools
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