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Economists at Harvard and Columbia have released the results from the study: “The Long Term Impact of Teachers”  which suggests that teachers are vitally important to students’ future success. The study looked at 2.5 million students for 20 years. The economists concluded that students that received help from teachers in raising their scores on standardized tests were not only more academically successful, but also had lower teen pregnancy rates, higher college enrollment and larger adult earnings. According to the New York Times, the study estimates replacing a poor teacher with an average one would raise a single classroom’s lifetime earnings by about $266,000

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/01/13/class-notes-the-power-of-good-teachers-and-other-education-news/#ixzz1k1yrBZsy