We need to pay professional salaries, create supportive and respectful workplaces, and trust educators to do their job.
In classrooms across the United States, teachers are doing what they do best: equipping the next generation for the challenges of a dynamic world. It’s a tough job, but as a former science teacher for over 30 years, I know it’s worth the effort.
But it’s a frustrating and overwhelming time in far too many communities. It is almost impossible to turn on the television without hearing the words “shortage of educators”. It’s a concern that educators, parents and advocates have been raising for years, and two years of a global pandemic have exacerbated the problem. Today, nearly 300,000 fewer people work in K-12 schools than before the pandemic.