The number of students majoring in education is shrinking, data shows:
College students hitting the books these days are far less likely to be learning about teaching — and that could be putting future generations’ educational attainment at risk.
Back in 1975, more than one-fifth (22 percent) of college students majored in education — a higher share than any other major. By 2015 though, fewer than one in 10 Americans pursuing higher education devoted their studies to education, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau compiled by career website Zippia.
The shift away from an education major was especially notable among women. Over the past 40 years, the share of female college students majoring in education has shrunk from 32 percent to 11 percent. And as interest in a degree in education dwindled, more students pursued course work in sciences, fine arts, communications and computer science.
Looking ahead, even fewer college students may pursue education majors. Only 4.6 percent of college freshmen planned to major in education, down from 10 percent in the 1970s, according to a May 2017 study from researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles.
So no one wants to be a teacher, and kids, if truancy rates are any indication, don’t want to go to school. What’s the answer? MORE MONEY FOR TEACHERS UNIONS! Except don’t forget what they say, “More money, more problems.”
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