Education: Teacher Famine

Many U.S. educators last week foresaw an "educational collapse" because of a shortage of teachers. Teachers not only leave school to go to war (some 39,000 have been drafted). They also leave for better paid wartime or other private jobs (since Pearl Harbor some 37,000 have done so).

Teacher turnover is double the normal rate, teachers' college enrollments fell 22.2% this year, and next year a shortage of 75.000 is predicted. Emergency teaching certificates (recently issued at around ten times the normal rate) and the recall of retired teachers have usually meant...

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