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Nancy Grasmick

The teaching profession needs an overhaul

The teaching profession needs an overhaul

Most education experts believe that we are in the throes of a national teacher shortage. There is no lack of opinion on the primary cause.

Some point to a decade-long, weakened economy that has led to unprecedented teacher lay-offs, causing potential applicants to shy away from teaching over job security concerns. Others believe that the shortage is being driven by a strengthening job market with more options to enter higher paying professions. Female students, who traditionally made up the majority of the teaching force, are being heavily recruited to enter the once male-dominated professions of engineering and technology.

Increased certification requirements may also be...