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Let’s Base Faculty Hiring/Retention Decisions on Student Outcomes

By P.D. Lesko

“Do teachers matter or are teaching methods more important?” That’s the question posed by AdjunctNation.com writer Melissa Miller in her entry this week. On the AdjunctNation Facebook page, Georgia NeSmith wrote in response to Miller’s piece, “Of course the teacher matters. The good teacher will choose the best methods. The entire study is based on a fraudulent assumption.” Maybe. Maybe not. I just finished reading a “The Failure of American Schools” in the June 2011 The Atlantic by former New York Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. It was incredibly well-written and well-reasoned and a call for accountability in the K-12 classroom. I closed the magazine and wondered who the Michelle Rhees and Joel Kleins are in higher education. Where are the leaders clamoring for accountability in the college classroom? Isn’t it just as important for our college students to graduate with above-average competency in writing, science, reading a social studies? Klein writes:

Nearly three decades after A Nation at Risk, the groundbreaking report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, warned of “a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people,” the gains we have made in improving

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1 Comment for “Let’s Base Faculty Hiring/Retention Decisions on Student Outcomes”

  1. robert ovetz, phd

    reading this now I know that this web magazine is run by a raging neoliberal who supports the same backdoor privatization of higher education just as being carried out in our public schools.

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