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 a writer on genetics, talent and intelligence. He is the author of Data Smog, The Forgetting, and most recently, The Genius In All of Us.