Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Fewer choose teaching

Accoring to

Classroom enrollment is up in most parts of the country and so is the demand for public school teachers. But many states report that fewer people are choosing to become teachers -- a trend that could lead to a national teacher shortage crisis, especially if baby boomers, who make up the largest age group in the profession, begin retiring en masse.


At Wednesday, March 29, 2006, Blogger Strausser said...

This is very alarming information and I think that we educators are PARTLY to blame. We are always quick to point out, blog, write letters, vent to anybody who will listen about all the problems associated with being a teacher but do not spend even close to the same energy talking about how much what we do is really awesome. I am as much to blame as anybody.

It would be great to talk about all of the successes we have in the classrooms. To blog about how incredible it felt to actually have an impact on one of our student's lives. Brag about how we have the coolest job in the world because what we do actually matters in the grand scheme of things.

I honestly believe that if some high school and college kids actually realized the personal benefits of being a teacher, more people would want to do it. Obviously for those of us still teaching, the possitives far outweight the negatives but sadly we generally only talk about the bad.

I am a teacher and damn proud of it! It is my vocation. It is my passion.

Now I need to follow my own advice and say something nice....


At Tuesday, April 04, 2006, Anonymous Maverick Bibliographer said...

I know that what educators do is awesome: I taught in public schools for a few years. But there is no way in heck that I would recommend it to anybody that came to ask me about a career teaching in schools. Between the bad conditions in many classrooms, the often abusive and bad behaved students, their overbearing parents who give them a sense of entitlement instead of a sense of personal responsibility and principals who would sooner hang you out to dry than actually support, there is not way I could in good conscience tell anyone to become a teacher. And by the way, I have a child, and I pray to the powers that be she does not choose to follow my footsteps into teaching. I've moved to higher education by now, by the way. And let's not even go into the issue of pay and salaries. Now, if that makes me negative, then so be it, but I refused to give up my dignity for other people's children when even they don't appreciate it. And don't even get me started on the politicians who love to tell us how to do our job but don't have the testicular/ovarian fortitude to actually step into a classroom. I don't think educators are to blame at all. The ones who stay are truly saints (or martyrs, either way, heaven, if there is one, is theirs). At any rate, maybe we do need a serious crisis and collapse before people finally decide that education and teachers should be a priority and deserving of respect. Best, and keep on blogging.


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