David Smiley’s Nov. 12 article, Study: Struggling Miami-Dade schools benefited from teacher transfers, raises a number of questions.
Does it really take a study conducted by Vanderbilt and Stanford universities to conclude that getting rid of bad teachers and replacing them with good ones will result in improvements in student achievement?
Does it take a study to realize that where ever you put bad teachers they will continue to be bad?
The fact that a study is needed to show what is self-evident is one indicator of the intellectual bankruptcy of the educational establishment. Another such indicator is the fact that the article doesn’t mention the shameful way in which teachers’ unions protect incompetent teachers.
Is there a solution? Yes, it was given to us by Milton Friedman over half a century ago. It has come to be known as the “voucher system.” It has never been tried in its purest form, and unions and other vested interests will always fight it. Why? Because it means freedom of choice, and that is something the vested interests don’t want Americans to have.
Joe Carbia, Miami