Is there a teacher shortage? Fear is overblown, council says
A prominent education researcher said earlier this month that the U.S. faces a large and growing teacher shortage. But National Council on Teacher Quality President Kate Walsh wrote Monday (Sept. 26) it's not true.
Walsh questioned the Learning Policy Institute's projections, pointing out that the shortage grows or disappears based on how many students you assume to be in a class.
But the real problem is that the report obscures a mismatch between supply and demand, Walsh said. "For 30 years nearly every district in the nation has struggled to find enough secondary science and math teachers," while "school districts have been awash with applicants for elementary teaching positions," she wrote.