70% drop in past decade of people preparing to be California teachers. Fewer young people are entering the field, and baby boomers are leaving.
From CAPITOL JOURNAL | by George Skelton:
Judging from my email, a lot of California public school teachers are demoralized and questioning their career choices. They’re not at all surprised that fewer and fewer college students are going into teaching.
My column last week about a growing teacher shortage triggered a barrage of responses. Most of it came from current or retired teachers. The volume and intensity matched what would be expected from a column about such contentious topics as guns, abortion or taxes.
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“No one is going into teaching after hearing the horror stories emanating from the lack of discipline,” wrote Dave, whose late wife taught. One day she came home and proclaimed “it isn’t fun anymore.”[/pullquote]
“I am a retired teacher who years ago encouraged my children to go into teaching,” one woman wrote. “Sadly, we are now strongly recommending that it is the last profession that my college-aged grandchildren consider.”
The former Los Angeles Unified teacher asked for anonymity because “I still have exhausted, discouraged but dedicated family members teaching.”
The retiree, now a classroom volunteer, wrote about one 8-year-old who is “confused, bored and frequently unaware of the need to use the bathroom,” yet is not in special education. That’s probably because there’s a particular shortage of special ed teachers.
A 7-year-old, she continued, is the daughter of a woman “in and out of rehab [who] has taught her child that she should never obey the rules. So the student refuses to work, lies on the floor and screams, bullies classmates and uses profanity that would make a truck driver blush.”
The retiree cited “teacher bashing, general disrespect for the profession … out of touch politicians and parents who either neglect their children or who set an example of disrespect and entitlement.”
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