The Atlantic: Why Do Teachers Quit?

safe_imageIn his recent Reality Check blog (EdWeek, 10/28/13, subscription), Walt Gardner explains why he thinks teachers get burned out. “If teachers are treated like tall children, they soon become demoralized, regardless of their knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy,” he quips.

The crux of Gardner’s argument is that teachers do not have enough respect, authority, or input in the ways schools are run. Gardner cites University of Pennsylvania Professor Richard Ingersoll, whose research was recently profiled in “Why Do Teachers Quit?” (The Atlantic, 10/18/13).

Besides not feeling empowered, teachers often quit because of they feel stressed, unappreciated, overworked, and underpaid. The article also examines reasons why teachers stay, including the one big reason: helping students.

We want to know what would make you feel more valued as a teacher.

Comments

  1. Lesley Hagelgans says:

    This article did a fantastic job of articulating how teachers feel about the profession these days. I have an excel spreadsheet that shows my principal how I spend my time at work. The data shows I have to bring papers home to grade and the only time I have to contact parents is on my personal time. As it is now a Saturday morning, I will grade 43 essays after I finish writing this before I will be “free” to spend time with my own family today. Thank you for capturing the current spirit of the American teacher – financially strapped, untrusted, disrespected, emotionally drained, stressed and yet still devoted to kids.

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