In 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.