Keystone Teachers Association President Argues Teachers Don’t Matter

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Randy Hoffman scores an own-goal for the right wing:

KEYTA, which represents teachers in more than 100 school districts, supports factoring in student performance, but opposes the pilot system’s method of heavily weighting test scores.

President Randy Hoffman said teachers have far less effect on a student’s performance than peers and family. A teacher with a classroom of unmotivated kids, Hoffman argues, would unfairly result in a negative rating for that teacher.

If teachers don’t matter, then why is the Corbett administration wrong to be slashing school budgets and laying off teachers? Personally, I think the evidence is clear that *good* teachers can have large positive effects on student learning, so teacher layoffs are bad.

(Thanks: Jared Sichel)

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