A long time ago, before the college industrial complex got so expensive, the teachers unions locked onto a good deal. If their teachers got a Master’s degree that made them look smarter, they should get more money. And so the teachers started piling onto the extra degrees. They stayed up late writing papers that no one will ever read so they could get the extra cash.
Stephanie Banchero at the WSJ reports that the education reformers are discovering that the extra degrees add nothing to the classroom experience for the kids. The research doesn’t justify it. So the reformers want to give bonuses to the teachers who produce better test scores.
This could knock a real peg out of the master’s degree programs run by the college industrial complex.When your own comrades won’t support your business model, it might be time to look for a new one.