"Why do not the ablest graduates of high school take up the profession
of teaching?" asked William J. O'Shea, Manhattan public school superintendent,
in a questionnaire sent to teachers in 222 high schools. Of these, 210
stated that they try to turn their ablest pupils away from teaching;
295 said that the social status of a teacher was not high enough; 139
called teaching a "blind-alley job."
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