The nation faces a critical teacher shortage that can only be described as self-inflicted. The real tragedy in the short term is our children will suffer without trained, qualified, professional educators — but in the long term, it is the nation that will be hard-pressed to endure.
Quality public education is what sustains a democracy. In order to continue as a viable republic, an informed electorate is essential. To compromise the public education system is to condemn the democratic institution to failure.
Nowhere is this more clearly evident than in Florida, which is the incubator for bad educational programming, undermining public education, profitizing children and driving good teachers out of the profession they love.