What's Going On In Education?
An Administrator's Perspective
Problem #1 - Teacher Ed Program Enrollment
Problem #2 - Burnout
Why are teachers leaving the profession? You will hear a variety of reasons why teachers are leaving, but first and foremost I believe many teachers were at their limit before the pandemic. More specifically, I feel teachers were performing at their maximum in regard to working hard to teach kids, handling stress and coping with pressure. The pandemic put educators squarely in the middle of several divisive issues which placed more stress and pressure upon them. (Teachers just want to teach!) Many have decided that this extra stress is too much and have stepped away. Our profession is just one of many who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Health care workers deserve as much credit as anyone. (Bless them!) Teaching is stressful enough at times, the additional pressure has put many teachers beyond their limit. As a result, many have left the profession.
Other reasons teachers are using when leaving the profession are:
Problems with Parents
Lack of Respect
Lack of Support
Pressure on Education from Divisive Issues
What Can We Do As a School?
What Can Our Parents and Patrons Do?
2. If you have a concern with a teacher, make an appointment and visit with them. A strong majority of the time concerns from parents are resolved with conversations. Our teachers care about our kids and want was is best for them, please take time to come and visit with them.
3. Regardless of your political preference, pay close attention to where your elected officials place their educational support. Particularly at the state level, there has been a growing number of politicians who support public school funding going to private schools. It appears that the number of state representatives who support private schools is approaching 50%. Are representatives who support private school concerned about public schools right now? Good question. Make sure you support politicians who support public education! Lastly, I encourage you to contact your legislators and tell them that you support better pay for teachers!
Lastly, a short google search will reveal an excess of information in the areas I discussed. Here are a couple links from recent articles about what Springfield Schools are experiencing.