I have been reading with interest every article I can find on the teacher shortage across the country. I was wondering what you all have any predictions where we are headed. I personally think it’s going to get a LOT worse before it gets better, because any solutions that would actually address the reasons teachers are leaving are things the government is either unwilling to do or cannot afford to do, like reducing class sizes. I have a (probably unpopular) opinion that one of the big issues is the increasing integration of special education students that in the past would never have been in a regular classroom. It has added so mich more stress on the classroom teacher. The inclusion model of having a special ed teacher in the room has not worked as far as I can tell, but maybe that’s because I haven’t had any good ones. What do you all think will happen down the road? I suspect the solution politicians will implement is to just make it so anyone off the street can be a teacher without any certification. I also think that is why there is an increasing move towards boxed curriculum. Just prepackage everything so any warm body can do it and then it won’t matter if someone is trained or not.