Degrees in education have never had the same cachet as those in other fields because they lack the same intellectual rigor. (“Dr. Jill Biden and the problem with education degrees,” New York Daily News, Dec. 15). The reason is that the demand for teachers to fill public school classrooms has meant standards could not be raised too high.
Whether higher salaries would change that is questionable because teaching is becoming increasingly more stressful. When I taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the job was far different than now. Yet even then, burnout was common. Since then, so-called combat pay has not significantly increased the number of college graduates who volunteer to teach in troubled schools.
I seriously question whether quality and quantity can exist simultaneously.
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