Chase Daniels, Mizzou’s heartthrob quarterback, got almost a dozen pages of talent management analysis in a December issue of the New Yorker. The attention must have gotten to Daniels – he threw seven interceptions in Missouri’s last three games, possibly costing his team a bowl game.
Gladwell in a backdoor sort of way ended up extolling the role of the staffing company. Predicting success, he surmises, is a difficult but critical job.
Turning his attention to the teaching profession, Gladwell writes, “Test scores, graduate degrees and certifications – as much as they appear related to teaching prowess – turn out to be about as useful in predicting success as having a quarterback throw footballs into a bunch of garbage cans.”
Hard to argue with that. One thing I will argue with was Gladwell’s simplification of the difference between selecting a bad teacher and a good teacher, basically limiting the difference to kids learning less than six months with one year of a bad teacher versus two-plus years with a good teacher.
The reality is a bad teacher can turn a kid off of education forever, which is what happened to me in 4th grade with that evil Mrs. Strickter at Good Hope School in Glendale, Wis. Ugh. Hated school ever since.