I met a senior administrator from a big public school system the other day. She was attending a conference on recruiting math and science teachers. Why only math and science, I asked? She explained that school teacher salaries are set by unions and governments so that teachers of all subjects get paid the same. The current salary is much more than necessary to attract qualified social studies teachers. At current salaries, she could find qualified replacements for all of the non-math/science teachers in her school system within a week or two. People who understand math and science, however, find the current package of salary and working conditions unattractive and find work elsewhere, leaving America’s children to be taught math by the substantially innumerate.
Maybe we have a simple explanation for why Johnny can’t add.
(But we still need one for why he can’t read…)