No, America Does Not Need More Teachers

As sure as rain in Seattle, sunshine in Phoenix and suicide bombers in Pakistan, the most reliable stump speech of any Democrat will be about raising taxes to hire a giant army of teachers to make our children super-smart and capable of inventing a new new math to cover all the money we spent hiring all those teachers.

Half of Obama’s platform is hiring more teachers. The other half is free abortions for everyone, which seems to negate the need for more teachers.

Teacher’s unions need more teachers. Democrats need more teachers. People who sell teacher training materials need more teachers. But neither students specifically nor the country in general needs more teachers.

Teacher to student ratios have been steadily shrinking even as our educational system has gotten worse. In the 1950s, we were at the top of the world, turning out the leaders of tomorrow with one teacher teaching an average of 27 students. Today the system is absolutely hopeless with one teacher teaching an average of 15 students. We’ve doubled Federal educational spending to no avail.

The 15 students of today could not even begin to pass the tests that the 27 students of the 1950s could. If anything it would almost seem as if we need larger class sizes. After all the reforms and the lower classroom sizes, we are getting worse results, not better results. Hiring an army of teachers will just make things worse… not better.

So let’s zoom over to 2025 where the student to teacher ratio is 1 to 10 and there are strikes every day because there’s no money for teacher’s pensions and all our engineers come from Asia because the curriculum focuses on the history of the transgender civil rights movement and its pioneering leader, Mark/Martha Alloweous, and the Democratic Socialist candidate calls for hiring more teachers because only when we achieve a 1-1 student to teacher ratio will the educational system finally be completely bankrupt.

No, America does not need more teachers. It needs less teachers and a common sense educational system where the goal is to provide basic knowledge and a route to a career, rather than a promotion from high school to diploma mill college with an emphasis on graduating absolutely everyone.

  • Thomas Wells

    We do need more "teachers"; not the limp wimp liberal party line pushring agents of indoctrination that currently infest the government school system.

  • oldtimer

    A "teacher of the year" a couple years ago, when interviewed said she wanted to do good, so she was torn between nursing and teaching. She choose teaching because she had off weekends and holidays, didn't have to work nights and had summers off. And then when they strike, for more money and better benefits, they have the nerve to compare themselves with nurses, who might earn more in a year, but have to work the whole year, summers, holidays, weekends, etc……

  • Ralphie K

    Get rid of the NEA. Provide parents a choice with vouchers.

  • buffer

    "No, America does not need more teachers. It needs less teachers and a…" NO. It needs FEWER teachers.
    The problem is "teacher training." Those who graduate with a B.A. in "Education" are almost always illiterate and uneducated fools with little or no real education. The problem can be fixed.
    1. Dissolve the Federal Department of Education.
    2. Eliminate "Professional Teacher Training" programs from colleges and universities. Replace with mandatory 4 year Liberal Arts (Great Books) and Natural Scienceprograms for all prospective Elementary school teachers, emphasizing basic understanding of science, mathematics, and intellectual history. Mandate 2 years of Latin with Greek optional for those with talent. This one simple step will alone will do more for literacy than all the "Head Start" programs put together.
    2. Encourage private initiative – allow those with science degrees (Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology, etc.) to bypass "teacher training" courses by giving them "on-the-job-training" from experienced science teachers at the high school level.
    3. Ease all current "Education Professors" into early retirement. Eliminate all such positions once retirement is in effect.

    • PaulRevereNow

      …and a course in the U.S. Constitution wouldn't hurt, either.

  • Tanstaafl jw

    How about better students?

  • Kepha

    As a conservative teacher, i agree that we have a dumbed-down curriculum. I teach social studies, and often feel that I'm a professional swindler of the young and their families. Also, I believe that the Gramscian march through the institutions has shown its ugly face in the decline of our schools. However, I dissent about there being enough or too many teachers. I know people teaching classes of 40+ kids.

    The solution would be to open up the teaching profession. Get more linguists, mathematicians, scientists, and historians teaching, and fewer "educators".

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I know people teaching classes of 40+ kids."

      Is this the exception or the rule? I think the argument is for totals, not saying there aren't cases to be made where it could be true.

      "The solution would be to open up the teaching profession. Get more linguists, mathematicians, scientists, and historians teaching, and fewer "educators"."

      It's a real mess, and conservatives generally just want to opt out of failed programs rather than take time to try to fix it. Fixing it might save the rest of the nation from radical liberalism, so there is merit in trying in my opinion.