Teacher Shortage—Growing, and Growing and Growing
Michael F. Shaughnessy –
This is a topic with which I have been familiar for quite some time. The teacher shortage is a very real, problem and there do not seem to be very many solutions on the horizon. I believe this shortage started almost decades ago, but has recently become more and more problematic and more glaring than ever. Below is an article from Teacher’s College – and on occasion, they do have some insightful commentaries, some good book reviews on occasion, and some logical, reasonable, rational concerns that they address.
The teacher shortage began, at least in my mind, with the trend towards de-institutionalization in the 60’s and 70’s and which reached a crescendo in the 80 and continued on from there as more and more students were identified with various exceptionalities, special needs, and disabilities. Then we had Section 504, and increasingly, students began to be identified with various medical and health concerns, many of which were 100 percent legitimate and then we had politicians looking at test scores and realizing, that compared to homogeneous Finland, we were not doing too well- and our politicians are bad at not understanding the heterogeneity of the United States of America, and they are less competent at understanding the concept of a ” work ethic” and the fact that many students who were ” mainstreamed ” may not have been appropriately mainstreamed ( due obviously to a teacher shortage and other reasons ).
So now we are in the year 2017, and more and more teachers are retiring early, or perhaps leaving the classroom for other positions and fewer and fewer teachers are entering the field- acutely aware of all of the hoops that they have to jump through and all of the paperwork that they are faced with , and perhaps most importantly the flawed evaluation system that confronts them.
In the article below, the focus is on California, which has it’s own fair share of problems, but some exemplify what is going on across the United States. As always, civil, courteous discussion is welcomed. See the link below :