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Dead-End Career: Teaching in a Public School

Written by Gary North on August 23, 2012

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.

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6 thoughts on “Dead-End Career: Teaching in a Public School

  1. A degree in young child education is a ticket to wealth, but only through owning a day care.

    This makes sense. The Parents would imagine that the kid gets "education" along with their day care. To insure market differentiation the Day Care operator WOULD offer some form of education.

  2. Shanin Denver says:

    So in the future everyone will put their kids in daycare, then once they are of "school age" they will begin homeschooling? This makes no sense. Families will have to start off with two working parents then magically reduce down to one, so that one parent can stay home to homeschool? I don't think so. More realistically, parents will pool their resources and hire a tutor to teach their kids in their home. So there might still be jobs for educators but just as private tutors to three or four families.

  3. "More realistically, parents will pool their resources and hire a tutor to teach their kids in their home. So there might still be jobs for educators but just as private tutors to three or four families."
    That's exactly what some parents did in my community and that was some years ago. They hired one of my neighbors who worked as a tutor. Lots of one-on-one attention from a dedicated professional for a class of 5. But I also have acquaintances who moved to smaller towns from the high-tax-high-crime big cities run by machine politics in order to be able to home-school their own kids. There actually are parents who want to teach their own kids, since who better to control what values they are taught?

    Public education is going the way of the post office: it is unionized, entrenched, hostile to innovation and cares only about the dues-paying rank-and-file.

  4. What is needed is a corriculum that is FREE from POLITICS and PC. FACTS, not "fiction" based on LIBERAL VIEWS. The same for those teaching. Their political/social views MUST be cut out from their EDUCATING. There are plenty of teachers out there. Damn few "educators". ABOLISH teacher's unions. They are contrary to the public good. Performance based pay increases. STRICT discipline in schools.We taxpayers are paying for that kid to get an education, WE WANT OUR MONEY'S WORTH. Want to be an a$$ hat in school kid? Fine, grow up to be low paid for low skills. Or maybe end up in JAIL. FINE parents for a disruptive child. I guarantee that if a parent goes in front of a judge because their kid is a punk/bully or disruptive so that other kids can't benefit from what has become a high dollar expense, that kid will either tow the line or be put in a "boot camp" type learning institution. We have to do something. The USA is lagging behind in the fields of math and science. If we don't have an educated work force, how can't we get our world marketshare back?

  5. You are right on the money with your thinking BobMoo1. There has to be a system to get the trouble makers out of the schools…..fine the parents, cite students with disorderly conduct or send them to a military style bootcamp if they are not in school to learn. As a teacher in an urban school system, I would say that 40% of classroom time is spent dealing with discipline. I feel sorry for the kids who want to learn. I cannot imagine how much more they would accomplish if not distracted by the delinquents who have no pupose being in school.

  6. This makes no sense. Families will have to start off with two working parents then magically reduce down to one, so that one parent can stay home to home school.