GSE Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

June 1997


The failure to ensure that our nation's classrooms are all staffed with qualified teachers is one of the most discussed, but least understood, problems of our elementary and secondary schools. Over the past decade, literally dozens of studies and national commissions have bemoaned the qualifications and the quality of our teachers. In turn, a host of reforms have pushed tougher teacher-licensing standards and more rigorous academic-coursework requirements for teaching candidates.


Reprinted from Education Week, Volume 51, Number 37, June 1997, 2 pages.

The author, Dr. Richard M. Ingersoll, asserts his right to include material in ScholarlyCommons@Penn.

NOTE: At the time of publication, author Richard M. Ingersoll was affiliated with the University of Georgia. Currently, October 2007, he is a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.



Date Posted: 23 October 2007