Over the next ten years, California is going to need 100,000 new teachers to cope with a growing student population as well as to replace the large numbers who will retire or leave the profession. Most of the states across the southern part of the country will likely be in the same situation.
Of course, all of those new teachers will need to be “highly qualified”. In California, as in most states, that means earning a degree in the subject being taught and being “fully licensed”.
Demonstrate the ability to actually teach kids? According to NCLB, that’s not part of being “highly qualified”.
So now education leaders in California and elsewhere have the problem of recruiting large numbers of young people into the teaching profession. And training them to be good teachers. And getting them to stay.
And do it all with no money.
And the “elephant in the room,” Payne suggested, is the need for 100,000 new teachers in coming years as the student population grows and veteran teachers retire. Successful recruitment initiatives, such as the governor’s teaching fellowships, have been gutted or eliminated due to budget cuts, said Payne, adding that the federal government must increase funding to help the state develop more teachers.
Beyond the money, however, is a far bigger road block to finding and retaining good teachers.
How many people would choose to enter a profession that fits this description?
Public school teachers make up the largest, most accessible sector of the United States’ intellectual class.
They are the cannon fodder in the War on Thinking.
Public school teachers are the largest constituency that represents a government-funded social program.
They are the cannon fodder in the War to Starve Government.
Chris offers the very pointed observations of the teaching profession of a “civilian” married to an educator.
But he also presents another “elephant in the room” that will make finding all those new teachers in the next decade very, very difficult.