Job satisfaction for teachers is at a 50-year low. They are leaving the profession while fewer and fewer college students are interested in joining the field. The Opinion writer Jessica Grose argues that Americans have to change the way they pay, train and appreciate teachers — or millions of children will suffer the consequences.
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This Opinion Short was produced by Jillian Weinberger. It was edited by Alison Bruzek, Kaari Pitkin and Annie-Rose Strasser. Mixing by Efim Shapiro. Original music by Pat McCusker, Efim Shapiro, Carole Sabouraud and Isaac Jones. Fact-checking by Mary Marge Locker. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski.