Why be a teacher when funding for school is so shaky? It helps to understand the role that the federal government plays when it come to money for education during a recession.
I keep hearing the federal government (in the USA) talk about giving money to the states to improve education. And there is non-stop talk about an education emphasis.
Will any of this make a difference in the number of schools and teachers?
~ Karl Tanner
I applaud your concern because funding impacts our jobs... and savvy teachers need to keep on top of money trends.
School support at the national level is a double-edge sword...but one that states must learn to deal with.
One the one hand, the money provided by the federal government is crucial for state education programs...especially low-income programs. And don't forget that the United States federal government also provides the primary monetary support for my focus charity, homeless students.
A few million of them show up every day...
...and they all need teachers
On the other hand...we are approaching the end of the era where the national president and congress will hand over money without expecting better results in return.
I'm fully in support of higher standards, as long as individual states can craft their own approach to meeting those standards.
Now...to get to the meat of your question...which seems to be why be a teacher if there aren't enough jobs to go around...I think you have nothing to worry about.
And federal money will only help your job prospects in the future.
The critical thing to remember is that in spite of money woes, everyone is highly focused on education and this will never end. The job will change, the money will wax and wane, but the emphasis will continue to be there.
The need for educated citizens isn't disappearing any time soon.
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