ERIC Number: ED204261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
The Tragedy of the Commons: The Effects of Supply and Demand on the Educational Talent Pool.
Weaver, W. Timothy
Schools of education, reacting to the demands for more teachers in the 1960s, increased recruitment activities and in many cases lowered admission standards. The result has been a decade-long condition of severe teacher surplus, declining career mobility for teachers and faculty, and an eroding wage base for educators. These conditions have affected the schools' capacities to attract and develop the most academically talented people to enter the teaching profession. An examination of data on results of recognized scholastic aptitude tests reveals a general decline in the scores of all applicants for higher education. Schools of education are seriously challenged to devise a system that attracts the most academically gifted students into education during a period of employment-market stress. To meet this challenge, institutions must act to reduce the teacher job applicant pool, but not further reduce enrollments below a survival level. One solution to this dilemma is to shift focus from an exclusive emphasis on public school teaching. Colleges must prepare education majors with skills that enable them to find professionally rewarding positions in non-school as well as school settings. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Detroit, MI, February 19, 1981).