Massachusetts has started a fast-track certification program to combat the shortage of highly trained math and science teachers in its schools, reports the Boston Globe. Just two years ago, Sean Duffy, 29, was a laid-off hydraulics salesman. Now, he's in his second year at Durfee High School, trying to awaken a class of ninth-graders to the mysteries of scientific notation and unit conversions. Duffy is one of 14 new teachers, mostly mid-career switchers, who have arrived at Durfee since last fall as part of a new program at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth that is sending a small army...

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