Friday, 12 October 2012

The Truth About the Teacher Shortage - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week

The Truth About the Teacher Shortage - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week:

"Is there really a teacher shortage in this country? The usual data cited are from the U.S. Department of Education's Digest of Education Statistics. It shows that in 1970 there were 2.06 million public school teachers, or one for every 22.3 students. Today, there are 3.27 million public school teachers, or one for every 15.2 students. At first glance, these numbers seem to indicate that there is no teacher shortage and that class sizes are not too big ("The Imaginary Teacher Shortage," The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 9). But these conclusions are misleading."


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