Phil Bryant: Working women ruined education.
In the contemporary United States, 23 percent of teachers come from the top third of the college admission test distribution. If we went back to a system in which women largely couldn’t be doctors or lawyers or corporate executives or senators, then that share would rise. In countries with very highly rated K-12 systems, like Finland and South Korea, all teachers come from that top third. Opening up women’s labor market opportunities inadvertently had the consequence of making it harder for public school systems to recruit and retain teachers.