Frightening doesn’t cover it!

This is from Ed Week, by Diane Ravitch:

modal years of teaching experience in 1987-88 was 15 (meaning that there were more teachers with 15 years of experience than any other group); in the latest published survey, 2007-08, the modal years of experience was one. That means that in 2008 there were more teachers in their first year of teaching than any other group. This is frightening.

Are we really okay with the Ed workforce getting less experienced that quickly? I guess is what you want is compliance from both teachers and students, then the answer is yes. But if we want education for our kids, couldn’t we hope for more?

Ravitch asks (via the headline) if the President even kows what RTT is. That would explain the disconnect, but it doesn’t make it any less sad.

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