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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Could raising standards hurt teacher quality?

This is like the paradox of class size reduction. When you reduce class size, you increase the demand for teachers, which can have the effect in the short term of forcing you to hire worse teachers out of necessity. The Dallas Morning News ponders the effect that increased high school course requirements in Texas might have on the demand for teachers who specialize in those course subjects.
Starting in 2007-08, all Texas students must take four years of high school math and science to graduate under the law, passed by the Legislature last month.

School districts have more than a year to get staff and equipment in place, but whether they'll be able to find qualified math and science teachers is a legitimate question when there's already a shortage in those areas.

"I think it'll be a real issue for all of us around the state," said Cathy Bryce, superintendent of Highland Park schools. "I really believe in requiring four years of science and math. But setting the goal and not paralleling that with some type of program to broaden the pipeline of certified teachers probably is a recipe for a problem."

The reporter, Kristen Holland, does a nice job digging facts on the hiring crunch and concludes thusly:
Where additional math and science teachers will come from is anyone's guess. Data compiled by several agencies, including the State Board for Educator Certification, indicate those teachers are hard to find.


Hard, indeed. I suspect the rural areas will be hit the hardest. I bet you $5 that Texas will be a proving ground for differential teacher pay aiming to get more math and science experts to enter and stay in the profession.

P.S. Go check out the latest carnival of education blogs hosted by the "why homeschool" blog or submit something to the next one. They asked me to plug them and provide a link. Since they linked here, I owe them one.
--Ed.

3 Comments:

Anonymous KIlroy Was Here said...

"Starting in 2007-08, all Texas students must take four years of high school math and science to graduate under the law, passed by the Legislature last month."

Delaware is on this war path also.

This was my response
Monday, June 26, 2006
WHAT ABOUT THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS ?
http://kilroysdelaware.blogspot.com/

9:28 PM  
Blogger A. Kriegbaum said...

Will all Texas students be able to take ANY math class for those 4 years or will it be a specific path of say Algebra, Geometry, Alg. 2 etc?

12:00 PM  
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