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When Congress passed the School-to-Work Opportunities Act in 1994, many viewed it as an educational strategy for students who intended to go straight to work upon high school graduation--the "non-college-bound." The school-to-work emphasis earned great enthusiasm, as long as it was for "someone else's child." Since most parents want their children to go to college, however, few students really fit that category.
It began innocently enough, early one September morning. We had seen it before, once or twice a year at most. No big deal. Even the second attack, coming on but three weeks later, provoked no real alarm. Only a slight register, perhaps, in that abiding region of a mother's heart ever vigilant to the faintest of signals that one of her children might be in trouble. But then there was another, and another, and another, and by Thanksgiving the migraines were full speed ahead, coming one on top of the other, day after day after day.
Is there a teacher shortage or isn't there? The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a back-to-school report on rising enrollments and bulging schools. High-status commissions plead for billions more dollars for teacher training. Headlines scream that there aren't enough teachers to go around. David Hasselkorn, the head of a group called Recruiting New Teachers, warns of a "teacher deficit."
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