ERIC Number: EJ913323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Recession and Education: Seize New Opportunities!
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n5 p57-59 Jan 2011
The teaching profession has long been thought of as recession proof. Indeed, that may have been one of the reasons why teachers took far lower starting salaries right out of college. Perhaps the greatest common feature of teachers, besides their desire to serve society in a humanitarian way, may be the lack of risk-taking the occupation previously enjoyed. Often, the greatest risk was having to move from one district to another. Today's economic condition has changed that perception, especially for new teachers. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that between 100,000 to 300,000 teachers could be laid off. That has given rise to legislation, such as that sponsored by Sen. Bob Huff, that would enable a district to essentially bypass seniority as a basis for termination. Thus, new teachers are swimming in a competitive applicant pool thanks to the recession. In this article, the author takes a look at the opportunities that abound in the field of education during this recession and urges everyone to take the time, energy, and courage to look for that opening door.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Parent School Relationship, Job Layoff, Risk, Economic Climate, Status, Competition, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Private Schools, Mentors, Tutoring, Tutors, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Internet, Retirement Benefits, Environmental Influences, Dropout Rate
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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