Gee, I wonder why. It couldn't be the terrible working conditions and the constant trashing of the profession by the media, "reformers," and politicians, could it?
The number of students enrolling in teacher preparation programs has also decreased, to 34,838 in 2010-11 from 51,744 in 2006-07.
Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Assn., said several factors have made teaching careers less attractive.
Steep budget cuts since 2008 have brought widespread layoffs, increased class sizes and less money for art, music, science and other programs. And the 2001 No Child Left Behind federal law has led to a greater emphasis on standardized test scores to measure school and teacher performance, which many educators believe is destroying the joy of learning and teaching, Vogel said.
“I don’t think people have given up hope on teaching, but they are really questioning it,” he said.
They should question the aims of the "reform" movement.