Recruiting the Next Generation of Outstanding Teachers

Speaking in front of a crowded Loyola University performance hall last Friday, Secretary Duncan made it clear that the United States needs to recruit the best and brightest young people to become the next generation of outstanding teachers.

The Secretary made three stops in New Orleans on Friday, and the purpose of the visit to Loyola’s campus was to hold a TEACH town hall that highlighted and honored excellent educators from the New Orleans area. In attendance were high school and college students, educators, Leigh Torrence of the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and administrators from Loyola, Tulane, and local school districts.

Secretary Duncan noted that the United States hires about 200,000 new teachers every year, and that over the next decade we will need nearly 1.7 million extraordinary new teachers to replace the retiring teachers of the baby boomer generation, and to meet the demands of a growing population. Duncan also pointed out that while African Americans make up 17 percent of our nation’s student body, only 7 percent of teachers are African American. Additionally, Latino students comprise 21 percent of American students while only 7 percent of teachers are of Latino descent.

The TEACH campaign seeks to not only recruit more teachers in all communities, but it is also designed to raise the profile of the teaching profession nationwide. We at ED know that teaching is a challenging, rewarding, and honorable profession, which is why we need more young people to give teaching some serious thought.

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  1. Teaching is a very good profession and young people have to know about it and this article is help for that. I like Authors view very much.

  2. Student and teacher sex proportion. What he’s pronouncing is that either a male point of view in the lecture room is insignificant or that teaching kids is essentially a female responsiblity.

  3. It my sincere hope that Sec. Duncan re-evaluate this “recruitment” ploy. Education is not a profession that the brightest and best are going to be entering in the future with the trend being cut pay, cut benefits, cut retirement and pay to earn higher degrees to earn more; the only top quality undergraduate that will consider this recruitment ploy is one that wants to earn a life of martyrdom. Please change this downward spiral of what the most noble of professions has to offer to the college students of today… our nation cannot afford to let it continue.

  4. I DON’T think men set the pay scale in professions. I DO think they gravitate to those professions that have historically paid more.

    It is interesting that Sec. Duncan states that the teacher and student racial percentages should be closer matched yet he is silent on the teacher and student gender ratio. What he is saying is that either a male perspective in the classroom is unimportant or that teaching children is primarily a female responsiblity. Either way both men and women should expect more.

  5. I decided to become an educator two years ago after a longterm job contract ended. I love the subject I will be teaching, hopefully next term 2012. I work well with young adults, I respect them as future leaders and future contributers to our nation. However, with all of the layoffs and budget cuts it’s hard to say if I will even have an opportunity to teach. I think the pay and incentives starting out for a single person with no family is pretty fair, but as many Americans like to acquire a house, maybe get married and have a family, the pay is not as doable with the cost of living increasing year after year and teacher salaries remaining about the same. I’m not a feminist, but I find it comical that men in general have set the pay scale and worth of many professions. Typically female dominated careers such as a teacher or a nurse, are given far less worth, as far as pay, than say an architect, which is generally a male dominated career. I find it hard to be encouraged to continue pursuing a teaching career when there seems to be no respect for the profession or more importantly no respect for the students, who ultimately suffer from poor quality education. Were it not for my strong calling to this profession I would probably quit given the bleak future I have in finding a job. But students need an advocate and a support system, that’s something I can give them for free, which has endless worth in their young lives.

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