Gladwell's Blindspot on Teachers
Bottom line: unless we make the profession of teaching more attractive as a career, we’ll never lure the talent we need to lift student achievement (and sustain U.S. living standards) in an era of global competition. And while money isn’t the only answer, it has to be a big part of it, because starting salaries of $35,000 to $45,000 that top out after 25 years at $80,000 simply won’t change the choices that today’s better college students make. This is a policy fetish of mine – a chunk of my first book was about how to get starting salaries in high poverty districts to $65,000, and top salaries toward $150,000, in ways all sides could support. When a smart young couple graduating from college sees that if they’re good in the classroom they could aspire together to earn $200,000 to $250,000 before too long, the societal benefit would be enormous. (It's not just two more good teachers, after all -- it’s two less lawyers). DC chancellor Michelle Rhee’s current plan is the one serious hope on the scene right now for getting the breakthrough we need.