The conventional wisdom among many education commentators is that U.S. public school teachers “come from the bottom third” of their classes, says Matthew Di Carlo, senior fellow at the non-profit Albert Shanker Institute, for the Washington Post. Most recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took this talking point a step further, and asserted at a press conference last week that teachers are drawn from the bottom 20 percent of graduates. All of this is supposed to imply that the U.S. has a serious problem with the “quality” of applicants to the profession. Despite the ubiquity of the...

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