The warnings about a teacher shortage are not new, but they have intensified as a result of shrinking enrollment in preparation programs (“Teachers are leaving and few people want to join the field. Experts are sounding the alarm,” CNN, Feb. 5). It’s not hyperbole to believe that there is a real crisis.
While Covid exacerbated the problem, it isn’t solely to blame. Low salaries, school shootings and increasing demands are even more fundamental. I don’t see anything positive on the horizon. In fact, I believe the situation will only get worse. Whether there is still support for traditional public schools in this country is debatable. Wait lists for admission to charter schools are evidence that change is in the air.
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