Archive for Friday, June 17, 2011

Schools of education respond to shrinking job market for teachers

June 17, 2011


Though teachers are being laid off at an increasing amount across the state, schools that train teachers aren’t overreacting to the bad economic news.

At Kansas University, the school does have some caps in enrollments, but not an overall cap, said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the KU School of Education.

“We’ve always limited enrollment in some of our programs,” he said.

Some of those are tied to the job market — for instance, the state doesn’t need as many elementary school teachers right now, he said.

Other caps are tied to budgetary constraints and are designed to keep class sizes low, he said.

The KU education school’s enrollment has fallen since fall 2008, when it was 2,036, to 1,911 in fall 2010.

Ginsberg said in today’s job market, recently graduated teachers might do well to prepare themselves to have to be mobile, and be willing to work outside their preferred place to live.

At Emporia State University, the Teachers College accepts the students who meet their requirements academically.

“We don’t have caps on our programs,” said Ken Weaver, associate dean of the college.

Still, he said the shrinking market is a concern. He recalled shivering outside in the cold during the school’s most recent spring commencement.

“I’m wondering, not only for our graduates, but for graduates throughout the state that are preparing to graduate, what will happen to them?” he said.


Gandalf 6 years, 6 months ago

A few days ago the sky was falling because a thousand teachers retired. Now the sky is falling because there are no teaching jobs?

adagio 6 years, 6 months ago

I do not understand why more teachers are not needed. Are they increasing class sizes?

question4u 6 years, 6 months ago

I checked but can't find anything about a falling sky in this story. There isn't any paradox either.

The facts seem to be that a higher than usual number of veteran teachers are retiring early. Under the current economic conditions that's hardly surprising. The elimination of teaching jobs due to budget cuts means that fewer new teachers are being hired, despite the increase in retirements.

The net result is that schools will have fewer teachers due to elimination of jobs, some of which are being vacated by a higher than usual number of retiring teachers (who won't be replaced) and some of which will be lost to budget cuts. New graduates can therefore expect a weak job market. It seems pretty clear.

weeslicket 6 years, 6 months ago

a thousand teachers walked away from their profession, and those positions are being disappeareded.
yes, class sizes will increase. this is what the governer disingenuously calls "investing in the future of kansas".

Jimo 6 years, 6 months ago

Look, business has to keep improving the bottom line. It's difficult to think up new ideas or become more efficient. It's much easier to buy some politicians and bribe them into reducing your tax burden, especially after the Crooked 5 SC Justices insisted that corporations are people too and are free to buy off all the votes their treasuries can afford. Innovation or rent seeking - either way, it has the same short-term effect on the business' balance sheet. A CEO would betray his legal duty to his shareholders if he didn't bribe our politicians.

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