Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Public school dropouts.

The commission has calculated that these days nearly a third of all new teachers leave the profession after just three years, and that after five years almost half are gone — a higher turnover rate than in the past.

According to the most recent Department of Education statistics available, about 269,000 of the nation’s 3.2 million public school teachers, or 8.4 percent, quit the field in the 2003-4 school year. Thirty percent of them retired, and 56 percent said they left to pursue another career or because they were dissatisfied.

Will this force the U.S. to pay teachers more?

Will this persuade the U.S. to put less emphasis on standardized testing and inane "school grades"?

With all the crap public school teachers put up with (college professors, too, I suppose), I'm all the more surprised that I had a tip-top crew of good-natured, intelligent, inspirational instructors. Here's hoping our kids have a shot at some qualified teachers.

No Good Teacher Left Behind

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