Why Teachers Quit

Whenever I talk to teachers, I try to keep in mind how hard their job is. It helps keep our conversations respectful and it also helps keep the focus on our common interest–the student.

Here’s an article from Teacher Magazine about the pressures on teachers and why so many of them are quitting:

It wasn’t her teenage students who drove Meghan Sharp out of teaching—it was the crippling inflexibility of her administrators.

All the innovative curriculum ideas and field trips she proposed to engage her 10th grade biology students were promptly shot down, and she left the profession after just two years.

“I still enjoyed teaching, but it was a constant battle with the administration,” says Sharp, who worked in an urban district in northern New Jersey. “I had to do things like submit weekly lesson plans. There was a lot of bureaucracy.” She now goes by her maiden name and asked Teacher Magazine not to identify her old school because she works as an education policy analyst.

Read the rest here.

One thought on “Why Teachers Quit

  1. After 5 years in an Abbott District, I packed it in. I have friends who love teaching (and most of them are in the suburbs, go figure) but for me each year was worse than the last. The profession was intensely unrewarding financially, professionally, and mentally. Any perks, such as vacation time or summers off were more than offset by 60-70 hour work weeks (not all teaching positions are equal—English teachers have alot more work to do at home than many other teachers), “working” vacations, and basically losing an immense amount of quality family time with my young child.
    I’ll be happy with two weeks vacation, and won’t even mind working late, as long as I can leave work at work.
    I’m also happy that I will no longer have to put up with (read: ‘Eat sh** and like it) the incredible disrespect shown to me and many of my fellow teachers from administrators, parents, and students (that’s in order beginning with the most disrespectful).
    Unless I could no longer put food on the table, I would not go back to teaching for DOUBLE my last salary.


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