The Return of Cabbages – in the Classroom

First day of classes here in the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Just one class on Monday – Applied Econometrics. We talked a good bit about student teacher ratio as a predictor of student test scores. However, Gary Becker and Richard Posner recently blogged on the subject, and those comments can be found here:
http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/beckerposner/
Of course, their solutions follow a free-market approach, mainly the idea that allowing for higher teacher salaries will do more to effect student scores than smaller classrooms. In fact, having more effective teachers, they say, even allows for LARGER class sizes – since the larger class sizes allow for higher pay, and the high teacher quality would more than offset the class size troubles.

This is an international issue that deserves more attention in the coming years.

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