Education is in a crisis, many actually. But, a dearth of teachers is one very pressing crisis, as more are leaving regularly and the number of students is growing. People leaving jobs is not unusual. However the number of those leaving to try an entirely other field is unusually high with teachers. About half of new teachers, according to recent data, are already thinking about leaving in the next five years. Older teachers are no more entranced than younger ones, it would seem. Many are exiting, tired of the pressure, the lack of a concrete support system and the low wages. Unfortunately for the education system, teachers that make it out alive are not disillusioned. Their skills are actually in high demand out in the non-educational world. Their academic skills are in demand as are their skills at negotiating and problem-solving. Teachers still love the kids. But, they are being brow-beaten by administrative duties, crushing work loads, mental hardship a complete lack of support and no money to live on to offset all the hardships.
- Though teachers profess to still love the kids, they are being bogged down by overweening administrative duties.
- There’s also a huge lack of support, a lot of mental stress and no compensating salary for all the headache.
- Moreover, teachers are finding that their skill-sets are very much in demand out in the non-teaching world.
“The reasons why teachers leave the profession are manifold, and the numbers are worrying.”