Middle school is a mess, which makes it hard to hire and retain teachers, writes the New York Times. Many teachers weren’t trained to teach kids just hitting puberty and transfer quickly to elementary or high school. Some are assigned to teach subjects they don’t know very well.
The Education Trust, a Washington-based advocacy group, has asserted that a â€œscandalously highâ€ number of middle school classes are taught by teachers lacking even a college minor in their assigned subjects.
Around the country, middle school teachers are often trained as elementary school generalists or as high school subject specialists, with little understanding of young adolescent psychology.
After surviving junior high, and then surviving my daughter’s middle school years, I wonder why anyone would associate voluntarily with kids of that age. Some teachers enjoy the challenge. But, apparently, not enough.