Education: Worlds to Conquer

Is schoolteaching worth it? To lure more students into the profession, Amherst College surveyed graduates who have tackled the job since 1928. The surprisingly zestful replies are summarized in the Amherst Alumni News.

The Amherst men listed drawbacks aplenty, notably dullard school boards, low pay and low prestige. They emphasized a paradox created by crowded schools: U.S. teachers now look forward to school jobs that "will get them out of the classroom." Especially affected is the really good teacher—"a master, an expert, a torero"—who gets all the tough classes with no extra pay....

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