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Teacher Shortage


In a recent post, I made an offhand comment about how it doesn't make economic sense to work as a teacher, that getting paid $20,000 year with a college degree isn't enough.

Then I read this New York Times article about a national teacher shortage and its effects on the education system.

"It’s challenging to teach in these high-needs schools," said Mark Jewell, president of the local teachers union. "These new teachers will have a trial by fire, and then it’ll be a revolving door."
With my degree, I am a good candidate to teach. It's a possibility. But it's hard to describe the frustration inherent in teaching jobs. It is rewarding to get to know and mentor many young people.

In my last semester of teaching at the University of Arizona, I had a class that was super-receptive, involved, interested, and that gave me super-high evaluation scores. Yet the expectation to perform, to plan activities for forty-plus people, to grade, and develop young people with no real assessment other than seeing a student "get a little brighter" is just difficult. It's a "grind" -- that's the word.

Add to that the No Child Left Behind rules, which must double or triple the stress of an already-stressful job, it's no wonder the turnover rate for teachers is so high.

And it's hard to listen to one's own voice pontificating day after day. It really is.
 
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