Peter Greene on Arizona’s Teacher Shortage

“Curmudgucation” remains my favorite teacher-blogger. I have no idea how he manages to write so many excellent, insightful, hard-hitting columns each week while still teaching, directing plays and performing/directing the town band, AND being a new daddy of twins. Perhaps he can get by on 3 hours of sleep.

But in any case, here he analyzes why Arizona has a teacher shortage. The short answer is because the job of being a K-12 teacher there not only pays less than anywhere else in the US (except maybe Puerto Rico) but is also one where they are literally overworked and stressed out. As a result, they quit in droves, finding out that they are not ready for life in hell.

There are in fact plenty of qualified professionals already certified and able to teach in that state, but they literally can’t stand the low pay and execrable working conditions. Would YOU work 100 hours a week, with no autonomy, for less than a Costco employee makes in a 40-hour week?

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