On 5/02/08, hey jobless from Rodeo wrote:
> Yeah Rodeo,
> 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.