The new generation of high-achieving teachers is being challenged by a generation of young people who have more confidence and are more willing to take on challenges than ever before, according to a new study.
Recode interviewed nearly 100 teaching professors from across the country to find out what their experiences are like in the classroom and what the future holds for teachers.
The researchers say the changing nature of teaching and the growing popularity of online learning have forced many to rethink how they teach.
“We are all a bit different,” said one professor, who is a former college president.
“The question we are asking is, ‘Are we as good as they are?'”
According to the study, which surveyed more than 200 teachers across five states, the challenge of delivering high-quality instruction is now being experienced by teachers at all levels.
“What we see with our students is that we are seeing a shift from what is considered the normal teaching to the ‘real’ teaching,” said Elizabeth Kosten, who has been teaching in New York City for four years and was interviewed by Recode.
“It is a shift in the teaching that is happening all over the country.”
This is not a trend that is going away,” she added.
The study, titled “Teaching Is Changing: From Normal to Real,” found that over the last three decades, the number of college-educated teachers in the U.S. has dropped by nearly half.
As of 2012, just 9% of teachers were college- or high-school graduates.
By contrast, the share of teachers with less than a college education was about 35% in the mid-1980s.
Since then, the percentage of teachers who are college- and high-level graduates has increased by more than 80%.
Recode: Are you teaching in the next generation?