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[Susan notes: This fine letter didn't get published but Motoko Rich, author of the article to which it responds, shared it with her followers on Twitter.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Why the teacher shortages? ( Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional), Aug 9).

Among the reasons: the constant disrespecting of teachers in the media, despite evidence that American educators have been very successful (when we control for poverty, our students rank near the top of the world on international tests), elimination of seniority pay and elimination of due process in several states, massive high-pressure testing that makes teaching very difficult, and evaluation of teachers based on invalid measures.

I am surprised that the shortage is not greater than it is.

Stephen Krashen

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