Teacher Appreciation Week — How Do They Do It?
I know quite a few teachers and, for the life of me, I don't see how they do it. You know, teaching school has never been easy, but in today's environment, it's got to be one of the hardest jobs in the world. Between Common Core and the system itself, it must be one of the most frustrating jobs in the world.
I won't name any names here, but most of the teachers I know have a stress level that would kill an ordinary human being. I hate to sound like an old codger, but it just seems that kids today are not taught to have respect for anyone but media stars and that's a lousy situation, but the biggest complaint I hear from teachers has to do with the parents who failed to teach their kids anything about respect and responsibility.
It should come as no surprise that more than half of teachers say they would quit their jobs if something came along that even paid the same pittance as their teaching jobs. Who can blame them for wanting something else? A mix of teachers were surveyed and they had some other interesting stats about their jobs:
62% say they spend way too much time preparing students for state tests
60% say their enthusiasm has been destroyed by the insane system
49% say that the stress and disappointment just are not worth it
42% say they frequently can't stand the thought of getting up and going back to that job everyday
Those figures are a shame and I point the finger both at the parents and the system for the way things are. When we fail our teachers, we fail our own kids. Let's hope that, in the near future, the system can be changed and teachers can once again do the job they had a passion for before they were dropped in the grease by the system.