Schools scramble to keep teachers amid a nationwide shortage

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, discusses the nationwide teacher shortage and what impact it could have on students.

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Author: Rafael


33 thoughts on “Schools scramble to keep teachers amid a nationwide shortage

  1. Lady YOU created this shortage by KEEPING CHILDREN AT HOME and teachers in their pj's teaching via laptops because of covid. SCHOOL WAS AND IS ESSENTIAL, just like pot shops and liquor stores were per the DEMWIT DEMORATS. YOU FLIPPPIN IDIOT. 2 yrs of disruption and students behind is. ALL ON YOU LADY..NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU AND THEN LAZY AS SS trachers

  2. In the school where my kids go the teachers ignore the rules about teaching gay /transgender info and critical race theory. Thank God for teachers that have commen sense so children can have peace of mind!

  3. States need to make it more easier for teacher to become teachers instead of making nearly impossible to pass the state teacher exams which also cost a fortune. I feel a B.A degree is efficient enough. It should be up to the teacher if and when they would like to complete a graduate program to make more money.

  4. I don’t get Randi at all she mentions all kinds of things that are ancillary at best. You can solve the teacher shortage easily, $10,000 more in salary across the board and the shortage will be over. People who left and retired will come back.

  5. An increase in pay would help. Rent in my area is $1,300 at minimum and teacher take home pay is around $2,400. That makes rent 54% of their income—much higher than the recommended 30%. If you want people—most of whom have a Master’s degree—to take the job, you have to pay them enough to live. Teachers are asked to worry about and care for their students and the students’ families, but they can’t do that when they have to worry about themselves and how they’re going to make rent.

  6. None of this addresses the systematic problems that cause teachers to leave. The idea that you can put anyone with a pulse in the classroom (as many states are doing) and have students learn is insulting to a profession in which most hold Master's degree's in their field. It exemplifies the attitudes that created the systematic problems leading to the exodus of highly trained educators from the field. Teachers are often not paid living wages (Support staff often face poverty wages.), face insurmountable workloads (I work anywhere from 11 to 14 hour days all through the school year in addition to summer work.), increasingly more dangerous work environment (COVID exposures, school shootings, and violent behavior from students; A colleague of mine was strangled by the lanyard holding her classroom keys by a 3rd grade student in her class and that student was back in her classroom the next day), and are constantly villainized in the media and by our local district and communities for advocating for our students and ourselves. The question about the effects on students of having just anyone in the classroom is already evident. I work in a teacher leadership role in my school and I will tell you most untrained people will not be able to effectively educate students. Teaching is more complex than most realize. However, due to the fact that everyone has been to school, everyone seems to view themselves as an expert in education. One of the biggest systematic issues driving teacher out is that very thing; the people who make decisions are not educators or have not worked in a classroom in decades. You cannot make effective change to fix this issue until you put teachers in the room where decisions are being made AND respectfully consider and value their input. Instead of these "stopping the bleeding" measures, put educators at the center and use their guidance to effectively solve the issue before generations of students suffer.

  7. How long do you think teachers are going to want to be called groomers and not feel safe on the job while making crap pay and certain people wanting to arm them? Why are people surprised by the shortage? I had been expecting it much sooner.

  8. Children across the country are the true victims of COVID, certainly not the teachers, school administrators, or the Big Five who were paid $$$$ in advance for creating digital learning/testing programs during the crisis. There are too many dangers associated with Digital Learning to list. My fear is that fundamental reading, writing, and reasoning skills are lost online. Texts and emojis are not part of the English language. Many schools across the State of Florida look abandoned and the stores are stocked with back-to-school clothes and supplies. Where are the students?

  9. There is a simple solution. Just pay teachers more. If teachers were paid more money, people would have an incentive to go into teaching.

  10. Stop dragging teachers into this stupid culture war bs & think about another reason….mass shootings in our schools! Why should anyone wanna be a teacher now? U either end up harassed for political bs, or u can end up dead! I don't blame them one bit! 🤨

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