I have a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal about how the solution to our education problems can’t be found by hiring more teachers. We need quality over quantity, for which we will have to pay the teachers we do have more. And more importantly, we need to substitute technology for labor in education like we have in almost every other industry to improve productivity. But in public education we have been doing the reverse, hiring more, lower quality teachers and failing to develop and implement cost-effective technology.
I know all of this is well-worn territory, but given that both presidential candidates endorsed the idea of hiring more teachers the editors at the WSJ thought it was important to emphasize the point.