Mallory Dwinal on the Economics of Teach for America

Topic: The Economics of Teach for America and U.S. Education Policy

Field & Institution: Education, University of Oxford

Bio: Mallory is a PhD candidate in Education at the University of Oxford, where she is a Rhodes Scholar. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mallory’s primary interests are in education reform, particularly for communities where English is not the primary language. Upon completing her degree at Oxford, Mallory intends to return to the States and teach bilingual students before picking up her deferral from the MBA program at Harvard Business School. Eventually, she hopes to found, manage, and teach in her own comprehensive US bilingual school.

Links to Books and Articles Mentioned:

1. The returns of a kindergarten teacher
2. The $500billion McKinsey Report (PDF)
3. Another interesting McKinsey report and journal article, both on the importance of having good teachers

A study on the returns of pre-school in the long-term (PDF)

A study on the local nature of teacher labour markets

Mallory’s top Three:

    1. (Anything by) Kurt Vonnegut


    1. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald


    1. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides


Intro/Outro music: Edgar Meyer, Bella Fleck, Mike Marshal, “Sliding Down” in Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology

Interlude music: John Legend, “Wake Up Everybody”