Schools will have trouble finding “highly qualified” teachers to replace the retiring baby boomers, reports the Washington Post. Three quarters of teachers are women. In earlier generations, college-educated women had limited choices and frequently went into teaching. These days, they’re much less likely to choose a career in the classroom.
Overall, the proportion of women who pursue teaching after college, as well as the caliber of recruits, has declined significantly since the 1960s.
. . . in 1964 1 in 5 young female teachers graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class, the ratio was closer to 1 in 10 by 2000.
The brightest teachers have a lot of other options and may be the first to leave teaching if they feel they’re not able to make a difference.