First, good teachers matter more than anything; they are astonishingly important. It turns out that having a great teacher is far more important than being in a small class, or going to a good school with a mediocre teacher. A Los Angeles study suggested that four consecutive years of having a teacher from the top 25 percent of the pool would erase the black-white testing gap.Complete garbage - I mean, total, complete garbage - but whatev.
Nick Kristof, 2011:
“Schooling after the second grade plays only a minor role in creating or reducing gaps,” Heckman argues in an important article this year in American Educator. “It is imperative to change the way we look at education. We should invest in the foundation of school readiness from birth to age 5.”So, teachers are astonishingly important, but schooling only plays a minor role after second grade. Or something - it's confusing...
No wonder he loved St. Michelle of Arc; they're both incoherent.