Nancy Latham, executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, said it’s difficult to pinpoint all of the causes of the growing teacher shortage. One of the factors, she said, is that there are more teachers from the “baby boom” generation now retiring than there are young people graduating from schools of education. A big part of that, she said, is about money.You mean to tell me that there are opportunities for educated young people that might offer better pay and better working conditions? And here I thought the vanishing middle class was a Crisis of Mueller Investigation Proportions.
She noted that more than 90 percent of the vacancies reported in 2017 were in schools that received “below-adequate” funding and that had been reducing their staff in recent years.
Another factor, she said, is that the teaching profession no longer has the same kind of allure it once enjoyed.
It's the same old story, year after year. "The report said shortages were reported in almost every subject area, with foreign languages, special education fields and computer science leading the list of classroom subjects. There also were significant shortages of school psychologists and library and media specialists."
I can't wait for some culture-studies type to suggest that people staying away from school psychology or special education, or pursuing private-sector opportunities in languages or information technologies, to lament the code-shifting into a white supremacy culture at work.