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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

How to get more new teachers

Fewer people are training to be teachers, writes Chad Aldeman, policy director of Georgetown's Edunomics Lab, in Education Next. "There are 20 to 30 percent fewer people going into teaching each year than there were a decade ago," he writes.


All of the decline comes from traditional teacher ed programs, which produced 29 percent fewer graduates from 2013 to 2019, Aldeman writes. The number of new teachers "rose by 18 percent for alternative-route programs, which tend to be shorter and cheaper." But these alternate programs are much smaller to start with.


Aldeman doesn't blame the pandemic or the culture wars for discouraging people from pursuing a teaching career. These factors predate the drop in interest, he writes.


He thinks schools need to raise starting salaries and pay bonuses to teachers in hard-to-fill special education and STEM jobs.


In addition, policymakers need to look at whether Obama-era “raising the bar” reforms in teacher licensing are screening out people who'd make effective teachers, Aldeman writes. Some of the requirements "have little value in predicting who’s going to become a good classroom teacher."


He proposes that states "give more autonomy to districts to select their own teachers at the front end, while requiring teachers to demonstrate effectiveness in order to qualify for more permanent, advanced instructional roles."

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Oct 07, 2022

Congratulations, Joanne. You've been pushing the right wing anti-rhetoric for decades, with this end result in mind.

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Oct 07, 2022
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And why do you think teachers salaries have remained so low, and they receive no respect?

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Oct 06, 2022

I imagine, like the Army missing its recruitment goals by 25%, the expectation of stifling levels of political correctness and leftism in schools is turning people away who are center or right-of-center politically.


-- Ann in L.A.

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Oct 06, 2022

Where I live, they are so desperate for teachers, especially in STEM, that they take them right out of college with no experience. My school has 2 of them this year and both are bombing badly due to lack of support; plus there is so much they need to learn like how to use the online grading system, how to make a test, how to make a lesson, etc.


Then you have the opposite problem where new teachers have to do a year of student teaching. Many new teachers cannot afford to do that because they have to support themselves or their families. I have had 10 student teachers over the years and 8 of them lived with their parents.…


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Oct 06, 2022
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A middle way? A compromise, as it were? That's just crazy talk!

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