1. Correlation does imply causation! I guess all the experts are wrong. It couldn't possibly be that the link between poor student retention and poor school performance is caused by teachers fleeing bad schools, could it? NAH. Must be that these childfree people make the school bad.
2. The childfree, and young people joining Teach for America as a temporary move are the same thing. Likewise, veteran teachers and parents are synonymous. My experienced career-teaching friends must have kids they've been hiding from me.
3. Parenting makes you a better teacher. Because parenting your kid teaches you about ALL KIDS. Who knew? My mother, with her 50 year teaching career, must have been full of bullshit when she claimed that her masters degree, 90 credits post masters, and extensive experience were what made her a good teacher and an expert on classroom management. Apparently, although a superior teacher in a competitive top-ranked school *before* I was born, she instantly and finally transformed into a good teacher ten years later when she finally changed my diaper. Damn, she owes me a portion of her pension, I suppose.
Or could it be that 4. all this is bullshit and Slate sucks at choosing articles based on science and reason, instead promoting myopic points of view based only on anecdotal evidence? Nah.
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