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Better Pay, Better Teachers


Published: October 12, 2020

American teachers are paid less than similarly skilled individuals in other professions. As a result, our education system isn’t performing at an acceptable level. Improving public education requires significantly enhancing teacher salaries but also tilting compensation toward the most effective teachers. 

Discussion Questions

  1. What qualities do you look for in a great teacher?
  2. How can we encourage our teachers to constantly improve?

Additional Resources

  • Read “The Unavoidable: Tomorrow’s Teacher Compensation,” by Eric Hanushek. Available here.
  • Read “The Achievement Gap Fails to Close,” by Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson. Available here
  • Read Eric Hanushek’s interview in “No Change in Student Achievement Gap in Last 50 Years.” Available here.