Science, Mathematics, Technology and the Teacher Brain Drain
In discussing science/mathematics teacher shortage it is important to consider that: teacher demand will increase as school boards increase high school graduation requirements in science/mathematics, there must be an increase of teachers and also efforts to make teaching more attractive to those leaving the profession for better paying jobs in industry, and the microcomputer will have an impact upon all American education. It is up to educators to help equip students with the skills, knowledge, and values to meet their duties and responsibilities to the past and future of this nation. Mathematics and science are important parts of the past and future, and high school graduates not proficient in the basic skills will narrow the pool from which future engineers and scientists will be drawn. The strength of our economic system, the defense of our country are predicated on our dominance in education and technology, and to maintain strength in these areas, mathematics/science skills cannot degenerate. Quality teachers are needed to have quality education. A position of "Master Teacher" should be established, a position of esteem and distinction with salaries competitive with engineering, law, and other professions. In addition, the impact, potential, and immensity of computers in education and science/mathematics teacher training must be addressed. (JN)
Bell, T.H. Science, Mathematics, Technology and the Teacher Brain Drain.