Reblogged from Curmudgucation
There isn’t a teacher shortage. Not really. But there is a shortage of districts and states that are successfully attracting people to teach careers. If I can’t get a dealer to sell me a Lexus for $1.98, that does not mean there is an automobile shortage. The “teacher shortage” is really a shortage of $1.98 teachers.
Something is wrong. Not only do we have a drastic drop in the number of proto-teachers in the pipeline, but the profile of the teacher pool is off. The teacher pool is overwhelmingly female and white. Males and minorities are not represented in the teaching force in numbers that remotely resemble the demographics of our student population.
So how do we get and keep the teachers that we need?
After all, it ought to be easy. No other profession gets to pitch itself to every single young person who could possibly pursue it. So what are we missing?
To understand how to recruit teachers, we just have to remember how the teachers we have found their way to the classroom. And the most important thing to remember is how they start.