Why We Have Poor Teachers

September 1953
New Republic;9/14/53, Vol. 129 Issue 7, p7
The article discusses the state of education and teachers in the U.S. American children suffered from a shortage of 53,000 teachers last fall, according to the U.S. Office of Education. The National Education Association predicts that there will be shortages of elementary-school teachers in 45 states during the next three years. But the teacher shortage is not the only problem that is of concern. There is the further question of the quality and purpose of the education the children receive. Writing in the January 19, 1953 issue of the journal " New Republic," writer Arthur E. Bestor noted that an increasing number of public school administrators and educational theorists today refuse to define the purposes of the school in terms of intellectual training." There is justification for this charge, and the truth is that the teacher shortage and the anti-intellectual bias of the high school are symptoms of the same disease.


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