This is real trouble January 10, 2022 by Robert Huntington Why Education Is About To Reach A Crisis Of Epic Proportions Almost half of teachers are thinking about leaving their jobs. Where does that leave America? www.forbes.com
This seems overstated to me. Of course, all these ideas are good, of course. But there hasn’t been a rush of teachers quitting, unlike of medical people. That’s probably because the pay for teaching is seniority-based, so you only get reasonably paid for your work if you stay in for a whole career; people in mid-career are effectively owed a lot of pay that they would sacrifice if they quit now. Conversely, if there’s a shortage of teachers, school districts will have to pay more, and likely will do so. It’s easy to get metaphysical about what’s needed, but it’s likely that there are more people out there who can teach as well as the ones we have now, but think they can get better paid doing something else.