AP courses are not, in fact, remotely equivalent to the college-level courses they are said to approximate…Despite the rapidly growing enrollments in AP courses, large percentages of minority students are essentially left out of the AP game… The AP program imposes “substantial opportunity costs” on non-AP students in the form of what a school gives up in order to offer AP courses, which often enjoy smaller class sizes and some of the better teachers.
John T. Tierney
What’s happening here is that U.S. manufacturers simply changed their priorities in to the recession. They’re doing just fine with the workforce they’ve got; they cut staff and are producing more with fewer employees. More skilled workers might be nice, but companies aren’t willing to pay much more to obtain (or train) them.
Daniel Luzer, summarizing the finding in a new Boston Consulting Group report.
…whatever teacher quality problem we have is mostly a supply problem. Administrators mostly know which teachers on staff they want (or don’t), but doubt they can find better replacements. This supply problem is worsened by the fact that helping individual teachers improve is difficult to do.
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