The Washington Post reports on a trend that has grown over the last few years as the shortage of teachers around the US has grown more pronounced. A lot of school systems are now depending on international educators to help ensure that teacher-student ratios don't continue to worsen. There are plenty of reasons we should be talking about teachers making more money and how we can make the profession more attractive. But like nursing, people who need teachers TODAY don't have the luxury to think about policies that will take years to bear fruit.

One nice side effect of all of the foreign teachers, particularly those in rural areas, is the international perspective they bring to children who otherwise have little exposure to life beyond the borders of the US.