The teacher shortage is unprecedented

Despite outcries that teachers are overpaid because of their short day in the classroom and long summer vacation, school districts nationwide can’t find enough certified teachers to fill openings (“Schools Are Looking in Unusual Places to Deal With Teacher Shortage,” The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 17).  If teaching is such a plum, why is that the case?

When I retired in 1992 after 28 years teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I did so because I was burned out by the lack of respect accorded teachers and the low salaries.  Since then these two conditions remain to discourage college grads from becoming certified.  But the matter has been exacerbated by pressure to teach the woke curriculum.

That is in my mind the last straw.  Whatever pride teachers once had has been stripped away because they no longer are in charge of what to teach.

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