A reader comments on an earlier post written by a teacher who taught in Hartford:
I have seen this teacher’s story played out in so many schools in NYC.
She asks who will subject themselves to teaching in the most challenging of communities?
I often had that same concern. I agree. At a point in the not so distant future, teachers will be retiring and schools will need to staff the classes.
There will be teachers available to teach in high needs schools, but despite Mr. Duncan and others who claim the best and the brightest for every classroom, what I see happening is that many best and brightest will not enter education at all. The ones that do will have their choice of schools in which to teach and most likely most, although not all, will choose schools which may or may not have adequate resources but more importantly, respect and autonomy for teachers.
Those in the 2nd and 3rd tiers who can’t get jobs in desirable school districts will be assigned to high needs schools. Some will stay and improve their practice after a few years. Some will stay and go through the motions because no other job opportunities are on the horizon. Some will stay a short time and either find a way to go a “better” school district and/or change careers and leave teaching completely.
So in the end the children who need the best and brightest teachers (whatever that really means) will most likely have teachers who are there because there was no where else to go.
O. I forgot. The states will recruit teachers from other countries with promises of housing and support. When the teachers discover they’ve been hoodwinked, they will be on a return flight to their home country.
History repeating itself.