More incentives needed for teachers

Frank Bruni says the news of teacher shortages demonstrates that we must make teaching rewarding “so that it beckons to not only enough college graduates but to a robust share of the very best of them.”

Better pay is needed. Licensing laws should make it easier for teachers to move from one state to another.

Dan Brown, a co-director of Educators Rising, which encourages teenagers to contemplate careers in the classroom, said that teaching might be ready for its own Flexner Report, an early 1900s document that revolutionized medical schools and raised the bar for American medicine, contributing to the aura that surrounds physicians today.

He also asked why, in the intensifying political discussions about making college more affordable, there’s not more talk of methods “to recognize and incentivize future public servants,” foremost among them teachers.

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