Education: Transplanting Teachers

A bitter chill has settled over the U.S. academic job market as financially squeezed schools and colleges find themselves turning out more teachers than they can afford to hire. In Germany, things are the other way round: the booming economy's demand for technical experts has created a shortage of high school science and math teachers. To education planners in the German state of Hamburg, the contrast was opportune. Rather than train more pedagogues by a slow, expensive expansion of their highly elite university system, the officials decided simply to import part...

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