Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Teacher surplus?

Do schools of education train too many students? And why would we care? Arthur McKee at NCTQ has been arguing that the answers are “probably” and “yes.” In particular, McKee points out that good mentors for student teachers are in short supply, so that education students who aren’t going to become teachers occupy the attention of mentors that would be better directed toward education majors who are headed for a teaching career.

The Baccalaureate and Beyond survey gathered data from education majors who graduated college in 2007-08 and then asked about their teaching experience the following year. (This would have been the year before the Great Recession cramped state budgets.) Bottom line?

Only half of education majors are teaching a year later.

Here’s a more complete breakdown. Note that 30 percent of graduates either had not done anything toward a teaching career or had taught before graduation and not thereafter.

Bac and Beyond Table 1Seems to me that McKee is on to something important.

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