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How will schools keep enough warm bodies in the classrooms in the future? Please read details...?

...before answering. Here is the situation schools are facing: There are currently serious shortages of teachers in rural and urban areas, and in subjects such as science and math. Currently there are hundreds of thousands of baby boomer teachers who are soon to begin retiring in large numbers. Nationwide studies show that approximately half of all persons who become certified to teach leave the profession within five years; and these teacher primarily site non-financial issues for leaving. Teacher’s colleges are not increasing enrollment at a rate adequate to replace departing teachers. Approximately half of all tax revenues collected by state and local governments currently go to education. How will enough teachers be found to teach? Can the trend in teacher attrition be reversed? If not, will the quality of teacher be forced down or will the size of classes be forced up?

Asked By: gungnir - 2/11/2010
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Teachers will be found initially through recruitment and promises of signing bonuses such as the ones used to entice teachers to places like Alaska. The trend in attrition will not reverse unless the system changes significantly. Class sizes may go up or more parents may opt for home schooling and private schools... More
Answered By: caldwell - 2/12/2010
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TEACHERS SHALL NOT BE THE NEGLECTED LOT AS NOW... More
Answered By: RAO M.K. - 2/11/2010
 
And in that time teaching went from teaching to babysitting. By the last years, by ten in the morning I could tell you whose parents were divorcing or divorced, who had had no breakfast, who had not gone to bed the night before at a decent hour, etc... More
Answered By: nutritive - 2/11/2010
 
I have worked hiring teachers and other education professionals and I agree that the time is coming when the teacher shortage will be a serious concern. Since I am familiar with California, that is what I am focusing on in this answer. California teaching standards are very strict, and every year, teachers are given... More
Answered By: uptrend - 2/12/2010
 
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