Future shock

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The state’s educational system and its individual districts already have enough troubles as administrators and teachers struggle to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act while dealing with overcrowded classrooms and unprepared students. What policymakers must concentrate on is how to reverse this trend – how to make teaching not only seem appealing, but actually be a rewarding career that draws as many bright and ambitious college graduates as the law, medicine or science. And the answer can’t be all about pay, a myth that teachers unions often use to leverage more pay raises. Pay is definitely a factor – and adding a pool of merit pay as an incentive for good teachers to excel could only help. But it’s also about turning schools into places where teachers can succeed, empowering them in the classroom and involving parents and the community, rather than treating teachers as cogs in a vast bureaucratic wheel called Public Education. The state’s economic outlook is only as bright as the future of academics in the classroom. And without enough teachers, that future will be dim indeed. Imagine you’re a college student contemplating career choices. On the one hand, you could spend extra years in school and rack up thousands more in debt to get a teaching credential. With that you’d face a career of long, hard work in underfunded classrooms within a cold bureaucracy. And though you could be a brilliant educator, you could be locked into the bottom of the pay scale with no opportunity for advancement. On the other hand, you could devote those extra years to law school, then join a top law firm and work even longer hours, but get compensated handsomely. Considering this all-to-real scenario, it’s no shock that California is facing a mass shortage of teachers in future years. Teachers from the baby boom generation are retiring, but enrollment in teacher-preparation programs already has started to drop, according to the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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