Education: Putting Teachers Up on Top

A bold report calls for better training and higher rewards

Should the country's future be in the hands of people whose skills are, by market perceptions, worth only $25,257 a year? Decidedly no, says a tough- minded report on schoolteachers and their calling. Released last week by the influential Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy, the 135-page study lays down an eight-point program to upgrade the often spotty training, low professional stature and lagging salaries of U.S. teachers. The most far- reaching proposals:

Put an end to undergraduate education degrees and require, instead, baccalaureates in arts and sciences, capped by a proposed Master's in Teaching.

Establish a board that would...

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