Utah ranks among top 15 states for teachers, but is that true?

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 28, 2017 10:34 p.m.

    If Utah is in the top 15, just how horrible is teaching in these other states?

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 26, 2017 11:26 a.m.

    What most people don't understand is the change that has taken place in society in the past 30-40 years that has caused the decline in good teachers. Prior to the 1980s the only real professions available to women were nursing and teaching.

    Now all professions are available to women: doctors, military officers, lawyers, business managers and CEOs, airline pilots, engineering, etc. etc. Not only do these professions pay more than teaching but they have more status, and women are encouraged by parents, school counselors and others to go into more of these professions. With easily available child care, raising a family is no problem

    Teaching on the other hand is a lower pay and lower status job than those listed above. The criticism of teachers by parents, students, and others is intense. I am surprised that they stay as long as they do. Lack of respect by students and parents makes the job even harder.

    In my opinion since this is a societal issue and nothing is going to change in the foreseeable future. Other opportunities for women is a major factor. Now there is even a shortage of elementary teachers, which was unheard of 40 years ago

  • The Educator South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2017 8:49 a.m.

    I think the massive teacher shortage would say otherwise. But what am I doing? I'm looking at the facts. In today's Trump world, who needs facts?

    Get Educated

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 26, 2017 8:19 a.m.

    Our education system is a big fat joke! Competent teachers? The bottom line is we aren't producing competent students. It is not the teachers fault! NO Child left behind needs to be repealed!