In the first presidential debate, President Obama called for
hiring 100,000 new teachers. One expert argues this would benefit
teachers unions more than students.
Kyle Olson of Education Action Group says, in light of the
national deficit and debt, it is hard to see where the funding
would come from for hiring thousands of new teachers. He believes
the president was merely pandering to the teachers unions.
"If he were to get his way and the
schools were to add 100,000 new teachers, it would mean $17 million
in new dues for the two national teachers unions," he points out.
"And that is just the national level. That doesn't take into
account state and local dues."
Olson believes the president should be more concerned about the
quality, rather than the quantity, of educators.
"Instead of just simply hiring more people, we need to be
looking at the quality of teachers, both that are in the classroom
today and that are prospective teachers," he tells OneNewsNow.
"Instead of just simply throwing money at the problem, hiring
more people and those sorts of things, we need to be looking at
quality instead of quantity."
He adds that EAG is surprised and pleased that education played
such a large role in the debate.