Hey, Blue Ribbon K-12 panel! Want to have a really short meeting next Wednesday? Teacher-blogger Peter Greene boils the teacher shortage you’re supposed to solve down to one quick and obvious conclusion:
The invisible hand is very clear. When you can’t get what you want for X dollars, you need to offer more. The world is filled with human beings who have the ability to morph into any kind of worker you want– if you offer them motivation. Good lord, even Frank Bruni, not exactly a whiz on the topic of education, gets it at least a little (even if he doesn’t understand why he’s part of the problem).
If you’re having trouble filling a teaching position, make a better offer. It really doesn’t get any more complicated than that [Peter Greene, “Why a Teacher ‘Shortage’?” Education Week, 2015.08.12].
The people our classrooms need exist, Rep. Greenfield. We just need to pay them a competitive wage. Boom—rap the gavel; Blue Ribboneers adjourn in ten minutes.