NJLeftBehind once again does fine work challenging Mark Weber, PhD.’s research, this time on why today’s young adults are not choosing to enter teaching. Weber refers back to his own shoddy research on a supposed teacher pay-gap where he cherry-picks facts, cites irrelevant data and makes insupportable assumptions. As SPCNJ said at the time, there may be a teacher pay-gap, but Weber’s flawed research does not make that case. Teachers are ill-served by such shoddy work. (See the full SPCNJ piece on Weber here).
NJLeftBehind shows persuasively why Weber’s arguments about teacher pay and pensions misses the mark because today’s young adults don’t want the immobile, bureaucratized and seniority-heavy compensation system the New Jersey public school system offers.
Don’t expect any response from Weber or NJPP. Both have strong financial ties to the NJEA and so parroting the NJEA’s arguments is all they are required to do. Serious academic research that can withstand challenge, it is not. It’s too bad that today’s news media swallows this so-called “research” without question because that’s exactly Weber’s, NJPP’s and the NJEA’s desired outcome.