Pity the person, probably female, who went to college in order to get a job as a teacher.
Since 2008, the number of public school teaching jobs has fallen by 300,000 jobs. This will fall a lot more. Yet the number of women with teaching credentials is rising. Result: lower wages, larger classes.
The graduate wants a safe job with tenure. These days, school districts no longer offer many tenure-track jobs.
Student-teacher ratios are up to 16 students from 15. This will grow. In the 1950s, the standard ratio was twice this. There is no question that every school district in America could cut its teacher costs by 50% simply doubling the size of the classes.
The teachers union does not have the courage to strike. Every striking teacher could be replaced in two weeks by a recent graduate with no family who is willing to work for $30,000 a year.
To do this, the school districts will have to expel the delinquents. But they are afraid to do this. The state pays districts by the number if students enrolled.
Then there is the statistical fraud known as “no child left behind.” This applies to hoodlums.
The future of public school teaching is grim. But it’s worse in private schools, where salaries are lower than in public schools.
Where is the future? Home schooling. A handful of teachers will follow the path hacked out of the World Wide Web by Salman Khan, whose Khan Academy has a million students. It’s all free. Bill Gates and other big-money donors pay Khan to innovate.
If your child wants to attend college, be sure he or she does not pick education as a major, unless you have the money to set up the child in his or her own day care center. A degree in young child education is a ticket to wealth, but only through owning a day care.