The Atlantic has an excellent piece looking at why teachers quit (family reasons, salary limitations, how emotionally taxing the job is, how little support they receive from the administration) and why they stay (because of the kids, but also in circumstances where there is strong support from administrators). Richard Ingersoll, who taught high school social studies and algebra in private and public high schools and then left to get a Ph.D. and become a professor at Penn says sums it up thusly: "Respected, well-paid lines of work do not have shortages."
• Bring the nation's schools up a Bill Clinton-approved decent minimum standard.
The Blair family are an upper middle class (or maybe just upper? not sure - they're doing ok) white family with six kids. The dad, Ben, runs a company that makes homeschooling software or something, the mom, Gabrielle, is this super design blog world entrepreneur (she also writes a blog about their life). The family spent the past few years living in France and they just moved to Oakland and decided to send their two oldest kids to the local public high school. You know, the one they were assigned to. The one that is 30% black, 30% Hispanic, 30% Asian, and 10% white. The one that the other families in their neighborhood vowed never to send their kids to. The school is scored a 2 out of 10 on GreatSchools, a site that scores schools based on a variety of criteria but probably mostly test scores, and neighbors warned them away from it, but the school year is a few weeks in and the family is happy with the choice.
"Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today." — Mark Zuckerberg
Can't find a job after you've graduated from a program that's designed to get you a job in the thing you are learning? You don't have to pay the tuition. It's kind of genius isn't it?
In The Washington Post, a father argues that mandating that high school students take specific courses in order to graduate doesn't make a lot of sense if all they take away from the course is that they despise it, and don't retain any of the information they've learned/were asked to memorize.
Sweden is usually known as that neutral and super happy country people don't have any problems with, but they also have local controversies like this story about a lunch lady who cooks too many delicious vegetables for the school kids, which is obviously really, really unfair to the kids at the other schools who have regular vegetables.