Teachers are at the center of education debate today because a huge body of research has shown that teachers matter a lot to the educational success or failure of children. Studies show students who get the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers also say that achievement gaps that exist between poor students and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor students had better teachers. But teacher's unions are pushing back. They say teachers are being blamed for much larger problems in America's struggling schools and that teachers alone can't overcome the achievement gap. In this documentary producer Emily Hanford delves into this debate about teachers and about the research that's fueling it.
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