I agree with you. There is a good reason why they always claim that there is
a teacher shortage. It is because an excess supply is very good for the
employers, which is the government. I love economic theory and am a huge fan
of Adam Smith. Well, that is beside the point. But there is no doubt that
all other things being equal, a large supply of something tends to lower the
price of things. Which is why prostitutes are so cheap in Bangkok.
So having way too many teachers saves the government a lot of money. Even
the federal government that does not have to directly pay teaching salaries
saves themselves a lot of grief when there is a huge supply of teachers. And
the oversupply of certain types of teachers does not cost the employer
anything because they do not pay for the credentials of the teacher. The
teachers are the ones who pay for it.
Look at all of the problems when there is a shortage like in math. The
federal government keeps having to get these committees to study the math
teacher shortage and do studies and pretend to be solving the problem. That
costs them money. And they have to try to offer these special incentives to
get people to teach math, which costs them money also.
If the government could convince as many people to get math teaching
credentials as have elementary credentials then they could always get
someone to do it no matter how bad the working conditions are. As it is,
they are not willing to change the working conditions so they just keep
trying to convince more people to do the job of teaching math--which does
not seem to be working very well. Laugh. The government trying to get
teachers is like a real ugly, mean woman trying to get a boyfriend. She is
not willing to be nice to the guy or make herself a little more fun or
pleasant to be with, so she is offering to buy them a hamburger once a week
to be her boyfriend. Sorry, not enough incentive.
That is how the government is with math teachers. Hey, come be a math
teacher. We refuse to improve the working conditions but we will pay a
really small amount towards your student loans if you are willing to spend
two years of your life in hell and misery. Hey, hey, where are you going?
What if we throw in a coffee cup that says, "Make a difference--teach"? How
about a chance to be teacher of the year? Wouldn't that be better than being
happy? Come back here, we need you! There are so few people who will live in
poverty and misery anymore now that Ghandi and Mother Theresa are dead. The
rest have all chained themselves to redwood trees.