Her report notes:
- Students planning to major in education have below average SAT scores. Students with below average SAT scores are also below proficient on state grade by grade tests.
- The education major curriculum is about the easiest of all college curricula. Teaching majors need more college remedial work than humanities and social science majors. Yet, teaching majors are rewarded with the highest college grades.
- Teachers with content-specific majors or who have had an earlier career are better teachers than those who majored in education and took courses emphasizing progressive teaching methods and ideology.
- Teachers with teaching certificates are not any better than those without the certificates.
- Despite low achievement, teachers commonly get early retirement and pay and benefits that are 50% higher than what others of similar ability get in the marketplace.
Kate says she has some 10th grade students who have third grade reading skills and who cannot write a coherent sentence, let alone a coherent paragraph. Many more good, or even just decent, teachers are desperately needed. It is difficult to conceive how bad a teacher is who allows students to go on to the next grade when they have never learned to read or write. American schools are full to the brim with such teachers, while teachers such as Kate are exceedingly rare.