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U.S. Should Welcome Foreign Teachers, Says Zimmerman

Writing in the Philadelphia InquirerJon Zimmerman, professor of educational history, argues that U.S. school districts with critical teacher shortages should embrace hiring foreign teachers.

"In today's increasingly globalized world," he writes, "our children need more exposure to different people and cultures, not less."

Although he recognizes that the hiring of foreign teachers alone will not solve critical shortages in science and math educations, Zimmerman notes that foreign teachers can help students in innumerable ways.

"As more and more countries outpace the United States in science and math, these teachers might help up catch up. Best of all, though, they can also teach our kids something new and important about the larger world." 

 To read Professor Zimmerman's entire opinion article, click here