Thursday, March 19, 2015

Teacher shortage? School choice can help

Oklahoma's "teacher shortage" is back in the news today, though not all reporters are equally panicked (Mike Antonucci, for one, urges readers to "check out all the previous iterations of teacher shortage alarmism.") And writing in a forthcoming issue of Perspective, education researcher Greg Forster writes:
As for the so-called teacher shortage, the unions have been inventing stories about a teacher shortage consistently for decades. The number of teachers can go up or down, it doesn’t matter; there’s always a shortage. If so, the best thing we can do is move students out of public schools, where the teaching profession is stymied by numerous union-backed barriers to entry, and into private schools that are free to hire talented young people into the profession.

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