No Great Teacher Left Behind

Lou Gerstner offers his ideas on how America should find, develop, and amply reward excellent instructors

Former IBM (IBM ) CEO Louis Gerstner, chairman of the Teaching Commission, the group of educators and business leaders he founded in 2003 to promote educational reform, spoke to reporters on Apr. 5 about his campaign to boost teacher quality in America (see BW Online, "Lou Gerstner's Schoolroom Quest"). BusinessWeek's Aaron Bernstein attended, and he provides these excerpts of the conversation in which Gerstner lays out his key arguments for reform based on his contention that "one element is needed to execute great teaching, and that is great teachers":

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