In the most recent issue of Jewish Action, Rachel Schwartzberg wrote an important article entitled, “The Great Teacher Shortage.” She outlined the fundamental problem of day school teachers leaving the profession, without an equal influx of new teachers starting out. She explained some of the reasons why this problem has become acute, and some of the work that is being done to combat it.
Because this article has generated a fair bit of discussion, Scott invited Rachel Schwartzberg and three veteran educators – Rabbi Moshe Simkovich, Olivia Friedman, and Rabbi Pesach Sommer – to discuss the issue of teacher retention, the reasons that teachers leave, the reasons young people are reluctant to become teachers, and what we as a community can do to change this. Because if we truly believe that chinuch is the essence of our community’s uniqueness, and the source of its strength, we dare not let the problem linger or even get worse. The problem is serious and must be addressed.
To read “The Great Teacher Shortage” go to https://jewishaction.com/religion/education/the-great-teacher-shortage/.
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