Those warm, carefree summer nights have led to the bright beginnings of a new school year. Parents are bustling in OfficeMax to buy supplies and kids are waving goodbye to vacation with a heavy heart. Substitute teachers are also getting ready for the year ahead to provide the best possible education to students. Today we are going to discuss why motivated, caring teachers are so vitally important.

In 2011 Eric Hanushek, an Education Economist at Stanford, wrote an article revealing the empirical value a good teacher has on their students in Education Next. Education is one of the most important economic x-factors in determining a country's output. Hanushek stresses that quality education is one of the most important links to improving our national economy. Efforts to improve quality of education have included structural reforms such as decreasing classroom size, adjusting curriculum, and adding technology to aid learning. However, the most impactful metric on education quality is the ability of the teacher to effectively communicate the material to students. The value of a good teacher is almost immeasurable in terms of growing both our nation's economy and improving the overall quality of life for students.  According to Hanushek, teachers have the ability to increase the lifetime earnings of a student by $110,000 to $230,000.

The rest of Hanushek’s article explores possible solutions to help retain high-quality teachers and it can be seen from the data how critically important educators are, not just here in the US but around the world. Regardless the amount of time spent in the classroom, substitutes have a huge impact on students’ lives. May the upcoming school year be filled with productive positivity. Check out our Facebook and Twitter for resources and tips to help you be the best teacher possible.

 

Curated by: Joseph Ebner, Summer Intern