(I’m republishing my favorite posts from the second half of 2023. You can see them all here)

 

 

Eric Hanushek, the ed researcher whose studies have been used for decades to support the idea that schools didn’t need more money to do better work, they just needed to spend the money more effectively and make other changes, just came out with a study saying “Oopsie!”

It sort of reminds me of the Gates Foundation (see After Spending $575 Million On Teacher Evaluation, Gates Foundation Says, “Oops”).

The main differences between the two are, one, Hanushek has done far more damage to far more students than Gates and, two, Hanushek can’t just quite make the full admission, even though his new research actually does it for him.

Check out Matt Barnum’s new Chalkbeat article, An economist spent decades saying money wouldn’t help schools. Now his research suggests otherwise.

Of course, Hanushek is a bit late to the party as many other researchers have already debunked his claims (see The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools).

It would be nice if Hanushek now owns-up to another damaging and false conclusion that he has propagated over the years, that having several “great teachers” in a row can overcome the student achievement (opportunity) gap. His research is used by many school “reformers” to push for unhelpful changes like the elimination of teacher tenure, using value-added assessment for teacher evaluation, and implementing teacher merit pay.  And that research has also been widely debunked (see The Best Posts Debunking The Myth Of “Five (Or Three) Great Teachers In A Row”).

I’m not holding my breath, though.