For Those Who Still Need Proof That Great Teachers Matter

For those who still need proof that great teachers matter, the NYTimes has an excellent piece today by the economics columnist David Leonhardt about an "explosive" new study showing great kindergarten teachers have huge effects on future success and well-being. Leonhardt quotes one economist as estimating that a top-notch kindergarten teacher is worth $320,000 per year. 

Early development matters. Parenting matters. Schools and teachers matter. 


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David Shenk is the author of six books, including Data Smog ("indispensable"—The New York Times), The Immortal Game ("superb"—The Wall Street Journal), and the bestselling The Forgetting ("a remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind."—The Los Angeles Times ). He has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, The American Scholar, and National Public Radio. Shenk's work inspired the Emmy-award winning PBS documentary The Forgetting and was featured in the Oscar-nominated feature Away From Her. His latest book, The Genius In All Of Us, was published in March 2010. Shenk has advised the President's Council on Bioethics and is a popular speaker. Click here to follow him on Twitter.

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