Education: Die Feder Meiner Tante

To fill a shortage of math and science teachers, the German state of Hamburg hit on a novel solution: it advertised in the U.S., where colleges turn out more teachers than the schools can employ (TIME, Aug. 9). Lured by promises that a knowledge of German was "preferred but not necessary" and that the work would involve college-level classes, some 500 Americans applied for jobs paying up to $850 a month. Hamburg officials signed 71 of them to two-year contracts.

Because German teachers were entrenched in most of the upper grades, however, the Americans...

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