Substitute Teachers and their Problems Research Paper by Master Researcher

Substitute Teachers and their Problems
A literature review on the problems faced by substitute teachers.
# 35425 | 2,400 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 03, 2003 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (General)

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This paper examines the history of the substitute profession before and after World War II and explores the problems faced by substitute teachers that include issues of pay, hostility of regular teachers, and inexperience and lack of aptitude for teaching. The paper then discusses how school districts can alleviate the problems of substitute teachers.

History of Substitute Teaching
Problems Faced by Substitute Teachers
How School Districts Can Alleviate The Problems of Substitute Teachers

From the Paper:

"At the turn of the century, a group of Chicago teachers inspired by the Chicago Federation of Labor, organized what later became the Chicago Teachers Union, Local I of the American Federation of Teachers. In affiliation with organized labor they demanded quality universal public education for all Americans.
"John Scopes was a substitute biology teacher who showed great commitment in standing up to prohibition on teaching the theory of evolution. He was an undergraduate student of law and science at the University of Kentucky when he was forced, by financial difficulties to seek a teaching job during the 1924-25 school year. He was offered a job teaching algebra, physics and chemistry at Central High School in Dayton, Tennessee. When the biology teacher fell sick and Scopes was assigned to substitute for him, the Butler Law [signed on March 21, 1925, by the governor of Tennessee] made it unlawful for any teacher in any of the Universities, and public schools of the State to teach the evolution theory and deny the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible. John Scopes believed in fighting for his right to academic freedom, and consented to be prosecuted under the Butler Act. He was tried under a trial that received international attention. The trial pitted Clarence Darrow (the corporate lawyer turned labor lawyer) against Bryan (the populist turned prohibitionist and fundamentalist hero)."

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