Monday, April 9, 2012

Why Do 50 Percent of New Teachers Leave the Profession After Five Years?

Teacher job satisfaction has declined by 15 percent since 2009 and 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession after five years... What are the reasons? Budget cuts (the economy)? Education reform? Salaries? Job security? Teacher evaluation (and/or state-mandated testing)? All of the above? Additional reasons???

An eSchool News article entitled, "Survey: Teacher morale at its lowest in decades" takes a closer look and reports findings from an annual MetLife survey, "MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy" that suggests the effect on budget cuts on U.S. public education and points to the need for a new approach on teacher development and support.

Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, states, "The nation depends on its teachers more than ever to help all students graduate with the high-level skills necessary to succeed in college and a career, but teacher job satisfaction has fallen to the lowest level in more than 20 years. If you believe as I do that the best economic stimulus is a diploma, then the best job creator is a well-prepared, well-equipped, highly effective teacher. Job satisfaction is linked with adequate opportunities for professional development, time to collaborate with other teachers, more preparation and supports to engage parents effectively, job security, and feelings of respect as a professional.”

To find out more about the "Survey: Teacher morale at its lowest in decades" click HERE.
To read the eSchool News article in its entirety click HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Okay, but why do some of us stay for 37 years, almost 38? Easy, it is who we are, what our passion is, what our mission or calling in life is. It is in our DNA, we can't help it. Why else would we put up with all that we do? Maybe future teachers should reevaluate their reasons for entering the teaching profession. Are motives and beliefs really those of someone who is willing to dedicate their life to others? Many might be be shocked to find out they really don't belong in the teaching field. P.S.-this is my opinion, not research based, no valid surveys, or collaborative conclusions, just gut, knee-jerk reaction.


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