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September Letter of the Month winner: Ott Johnson of Stillwater

Oklahoman Published: October 7, 2012

An education study in Boston concluded that quality teachers are the educational variable that matters most. The McKinsey & Company 2009 global education study concluded the same. The most highly educated students overall were found in Singapore, Japan, Korea and Finland, where classroom size is typically 30 students or more. Thus, teacher quality appears to be our education's weak link.

However, teachers pay inflated higher education tuition and fees, study and attend classes for their education and teaching certificates, proof of teaching knowledge and ability as determined by and colleges. If our teachers are inferior, shouldn't those institutions take responsibility for their inferior product?

Still, our boards of regents and unions keep clamoring for more tax and tuition dollars to do the same ol' same ol' while expecting improved results! Let's get off the backs of primary and secondary teachers who daily struggle to educate our children with the handicap of federal guidelines and undisciplined students and place the blame where it belongs.


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