Friday, February 02, 2007

What's wrong with Education?

A good case can be made that it's unions:

Who, on average, is better paid--public school teachers or architects? How about teachers or economists? You might be surprised to learn that public school teachers are better paid than these and many other professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public school teachers earned $34.06 per hour in 2005, 36% more than the hourly wage of the average white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty or technical worker.
I mean it's remarkable how far ahead the US and the rest of much of the western world including Canada are, despite what can only be described as dysfunctional education systems. That said, it is somewhat difficult to measure such things as creative thinking and innovation which our education systems appear to produce in spades - but is this in spite of or because of our school systems? (I recommend reading it all)

Updated - Linked "reading it all".

2 comments:

Brett said...

You say in the last sentence of your post, "I recommend reading it all." What are you refering to?

Clement Wan said...

Thanks, I've updated it for clarity.