In an address delivered before the Faculty recently, Dr. F. C. Smith of the appointment bureau of the School of Education asserted that the supply of teachers is not equal to the demand, contrary to the widespread beliefs held by educators all over the United States.
The salaries paid to people securing positions through his office range from $4000 to $10,000, with a median figure of $5500. These persons are all holders of some Harvard degree, and the positions vary from classroom work to presidential offices. Out of 680 calls for teachers, the appointment office felt itself able to fill 367 with persons of the proper calibre. Of this group there were 140 public school classroom teachers, 119 college teachers, and 97 private school teachers. Besides these actual teaching positions, the office also supplied 77 superintendents and principles as well as 28 vocational counsellor.
From a geographical standpoint, of the calls which came in last year 60 percent were from New England, 15 percent each from the West and the states of New York and New Jersey. The remaining 10 percent came from the South and the Middle Atlantic States. In foreign countries the office sent teachers to Porto Rico, Honolulu, Brazil, and Turkey. Of all the people with whom the office has had anything to do the median salary has been figured to be $3000 for men and $1500 for women. For persons holding master's degrees the salary averages $2000 more than for those without this degree.