Public school employment is now at its lowest level since 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“Teacher Shortage Compounds Covid Crisis in Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 16). Although the pandemic is largely responsible, it is not enough to explain what is occurring.
Burnout and demoralization have been slowly building for years, as the demands made on teachers have shown no signs of abating. As a result, the pipeline of college students studying to become teachers has been unable to keep pace with retirements and attrition.
I think the situation will only get worse. The classroom has become too stressful for even the most dedicated teachers. Nevertheless, there are those who persist in arguing that teachers are overpaid. I submit that substantial raises will be insufficient to recruit and retain the best and the brightest to the classroom.
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