Profit of Education

Profit of Education

Profit of Education

Profit of Education


Profit of Education makes it clear that rethinking the teaching profession is the key to repairing America's broken-down education system and securing our nation's future. Accomplishing that, author Dick Startz says, requires lifting teacher pay to professional levels and rewarding teachers for student success, with the goal of improving student learning by the equivalent of one extra year of schooling.

Profit of Education takes the reader on a chapter-by-chapter walk through the evidence on pay-oriented, teacher-centric reform of the public school system, showing that such an approach can work. Startz translates the extensive scientific evidence on school reform into easily understood terms, demonstrating the enormous difference teachers make in student outcomes. Proposed levels of teacher salaries are established, and the difficult issue of differential pay is examined in depth, as are many of the practical and political issues involved in measuring teacher success. Last, but hardly least, Startz shows how teacher-centric school reform will pay off for the taxpayer and the economy.


Perhaps you’ve read books that claim to have identified the silver bullet for the woes of American education—the one reform that will set schools back on the right track. You may have heard inspiring true stories of broken classes being repaired, stagnating schools brought back to life, and even whole school systems pulled back from the brink. in fact, if you have any attachment to the public schools, you’ve likely seen some great accomplishments up close and personal. I certainly have.

These many success stories leave me puzzled. a silver bullet is supposed to win the battle, metaphorically speaking, with a single shot. Each suggested reform is held out as the solution to most or all our educational problems. If there’s a single right solution, why do we hear about so many different silver bullets? This is a puzzle, but it’s a small one. the truth is probably that we have many workable solutions for the failings of our educational system, most of which have something to contribute to the battle, even if they can’t end it in one fell swoop. Having lots of solutions is good news!

Yet the solution to this first puzzle only leaves me with a second, and bigger, question. If we have a silver bullet solution, or a plethora of smaller reforms that work, why are our schools still failing? This, in a nutshell, is the puzzle this book sets out to solve.

I’ll get to the answer in a minute. First, let me share a story about my twelfth-grade social studies teacher, and now good friend, Vic. Vic is the sort of teacher lots of former students stay in contact with . . .

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