Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education under President Joe Biden’s administration, is sounding the alarm as the United States heads toward a fresh new school year.
According to Cardona, who gave the grim announcement during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” with Brianna Keilar, America is currently at the “doorstep of a crisis” in education. The reason? A shortage of teachers.
Keilar introduced the segment with a clip of multiple teachers discussing their current financial situations and the reason some of them have left the profession entirely.
“We’re at the doorstep of a crisis and if we don’t take it seriously, we’re going to be facing what we experienced during the Omicron spread where our teachers didn’t have Covid, but they had to quarantine and we had to keep our schools open,” Cardona explained. “Look, across the country today, students are preparing, or are going into school for the first day. There’s so much promise, so much hope, and I’m excited about this school year, but we have to address this issue head-on. We have to make sure our teachers are getting a competitive salary. Teachers make 20 percent less than college graduates in other professions.”
It’s long been understood that teaching is not a job one takes if they’re in search of money, however many teachers claim they are having to take second jobs just to stay afloat. Cardona pointed at the median salary of a public school teacher in Montana, which is about $32,000 annually, to make his point that educators should be paid more.
“What are you going to do with that?” Cardona asked, declaring it’s “unacceptable” that teachers are needing to take additional jobs.
As older teachers leave the field, many at risk of serious side effects if they contract COVID, there are simply not enough younger teachers to replace them. This is leaving schools woefully understaffed, but some see it as an opportunity, rather than a “crisis.”
Or at the threshold of change
— Living In Zimbabwe (@FakeLeftSucks) August 16, 2022
It would be a good time for lots of Conservatives to get jobs as teachers
— William Teach2 #refuseresist (@WTeach2) August 16, 2022
fix:take away unions, the concept of teacher tenure, stop giving teachers so much power- Stop Masking kids and teachers. Kids came back after 2 years of disruptions with NO social skills and full of apathy. Go visit a HS classroom. The kids stopped caring,so tchrs did too
— GlamGram (@GlamGram7) August 16, 2022
Probably a shortage of teaches because most people don’t believe in teaching sex and sex change to small children. Try putting God back in schools and try teaching some morals for a change.
— Jesse Rodgers (@ro63061566) August 16, 2022
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