Making Sense of Education

09/01/2014 10:09 AM

09/01/2014 10:42 AM

Re “America's 'skills gap' goes far beyond computer engineering, “ (Page A11, Sept. 1) Rachel Burstein's article on Labor Day, promoting sending college professors into the workplace to lead literature seminars with employees, opens up the real issues for educational reform. Young adults (those between 15 and 22) are taught by two very different pools of educators: those with advanced degrees, and those with California teaching credentials. Those with credentials deny anyone can be qualified to teach without one, and monopolize jobs in the public high school system - with excellent pay, tenure, benefits, retirement programs, etc. Those with advanced degrees (Masters and Doctorates) teach at community colleges and universities (usually as "adjunct professors"), in expensive private high schools, and as substitute teachers in the public system. Typically, they are paid by the hour with no benefits, at incomes hovering around the poverty line (except at some of the prep schools). Makes sense, right? -- George Willard Ihlefeldt, Sacramento

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