Gov. Terry Branstad’s “education summit” highlights this state’s deficiency in education. In an increasingly competitive national and global economy, students need an education to face any challenge they — and this country — encounter.
We’ve made many attempts over the years to fix education. But we’ve all seen the No Child Left Behind Act’s overemphasis on test scores, and we haven’t really had time to measure how well the Iowa Core Curriculum delivers its “challenging and meaningful content to students that prepares them for success in life.”
The most important thing in education is employing teachers who want to teach. One way to attract good teachers whose work is worth paying for, of course, is to raise salaries above the statewide average of $41,970.