Learning to better our future

There is quite a bit of talk and debate over the current education system. Surprisingly some Economists started in the 1980’s to see the effect of outstanding kindergarden education and where the adults are now in their lives. As the Economists have stated, “We don’t really care about test scores. We care about adult outcomes.”

These Economists researched the lives of 12,000 children, all of who are in their 30’s now. So what were those findings? Well they naturally discovered that some teachers had positive and negative effects on their students, and then the effects faded when those students became juniors and seniors in high school (based on test scores). When these Economists looked at these children, now in adulthood, they saw a much more interesting discovery.

“The children that had learned more in kindergarden had a higher rate of college attendence and graduation, they were also less likely to become single parents. As adults, they were more likely to be saving for retirement. They were also earning more.” (NY Times)

Also, “All else equal students with better Kindergarden education were making about an extra $100 a year at age 27 for every percentile they had moved up the test score distribution over the course of kindgarden. A student who went from average to the 60th percentile- a typical jump for a 5 year old with a good teacher- could expect to make about $1,000 more a year at age 27 than student who remained at the average.” (NY Times)

The Economists are not sure what the exact causes are, but the most significant factor is the teacher. Teachers can prepare you with characteristics that could benefit you for your entire life. The influence starts at a very early age and does unconsciously live with you into adulthood.

According to Eammnuel Saez “a stand out kindergarden teacher is worth about $320,000 a year. That’s the present value of the additional money that a full class of students can expect to earn over their careers.”

It is quite amazing that one teacher in kindergarden is worth $320,000, but that is only an average amount of money. Imagine if they had Michael Dell and Bill Gates in their kindergarden classes. They would be worth quite a bit more!

The purpose for teaching is to turn education into earnings, and some of our teachers aren’t doing that today. We need to weed out the bad and bring in the good!

Now to link some other interesting findings. If learning a foreign language at an early age can help students think at higher levels, and teachers are part of the greatest influence we have in the classroom wouldn’t it be phenomenal if our kindergardeners had that combination in the classroom?

They would have smaller classrooms, and they would learn from a teacher who has been trained and tested to prove that he or she is remarkable. This would truly make a difference in young generation! K-12 learning would gain a higher standard because the children would be setting it, not politicians.

We need to be giving our children the best opportunities they can have. Teachers should be paid their worth, because they are educating our generations! At myChinese360 we are trying to take the responsiblity of helping to better educate children with outstanding teachers and foreign language!

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