What makes a great teacher? All this week, WBUR is exploring the teaching profession — from how teachers are trained and evaluated, to how much they're paid and how schools handle ineffective teachers.
Nobody denies that this is a central issue for American families and the nation's overall well being. Here's President Barack Obama, who says improving education — and finding good teachers — hold the key to the country's economic prosperity:
"The idea is very simple. If we can make sure that we have the very best teachers in the classroom, if we can reward excellence instead of mediocrity and the status quo, if we can make sure that we are tracking progress, then schools can improve."
But is it really that simple? We look at how ensuring classrooms have the best teachers is not so straight-forward.
- Philip Tate, assistant professor, School Of Education Boston University
- Sarah Roberts, teacher, South Shore Public Charter School
This program aired on May 23, 2011.