Teachers Are So Fed Up With the Broken Education System That…

…over half wouldn’t tell a young person to do what they do!

Not unlike the famed tree of Shel Silverstein’s divisive children’s book, teachers don’t have much left to give. Operating in a infamously demanding and poorly paid sector, many educators have reached a breaking point over the last couple of years as they navigate an increasingly broadening workload.

It all means that current teachers have become like a foreboding side character in a horror movie, telling bright-eyed, bushy-tailed graduates to run away from the crumbling house (or education system) while they can. More than half (52%) of educators tell Pew Research Center that “they would not advise a young person starting out today to become a teacher,” according to a survey of more than 2,500 educators conducted in the fall of 2023.

“I feel like the profession of teaching is no longer a profession; it’s something people do after college for a couple of years to figure out what they really want to do,” Lisa Wolfe, a former educator who quit due to the way schools are run, told Fortune in December. As new teachers are met with poor conditions and wages, they quit, “so we lose all that talent, and our students lose.,

Indeed, most teachers report that their job is frequently stressful (77%) and overwhelming (68%). In actuality, it’s the tenured teachers who have been pushed to the edge, as Pew finds that newer teachers are more likely to report that their work is enjoyable.

Part of what’s likely happening is that teachers who have been around for some time realize that things used to be better. Many educators report that the nation’s infrastructure is rapidly slipping, as 82% report that the state of public K–12 “has gotten worse in the past five years.” Of those who report worsening conditions, educators report that the major stressors to their job are the political climate (60%), rippling influences of the pandemic (57%), and a lack of funding (46%).

Indeed, the school room has become a playground for politicians. And the encroachment is pushing teachers out, as figures like Ron DeSantis and the Moms for Liberty mobilize to wage culture wars against the education system. As it stands, educators are grappling with rising school violence and state laws that push to censor topics including critical race theory and LGBTQ+ rights. Pew finds that more trust the Democratic Party to deal with the crisis plaguing the system, which may not be a surprise, considering the party’s close ties to the teachers’ union. Still, a good portion don’t believe either party can do the job, per Pew.

Around eight in 10 teachers report to Pew that the pandemic had a negative effect and “lasting impact” on the way students act. Citing a lack of parental discipline as a potential reason for acting out, most educators report they’ve experienced verbal abuse from their class. And the proportion of students who went to schools with high or extreme levels of chronic absenteeism spiked from 26% in the 2017–2018 school year to 66% in the 2021–2022 school year, according to an analysis from Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and Attendance Works.

Part of the solution to this absenteeism issue is “relationship building,” Hedy N. Chang, executive director at Attendance Works, told Fortune. But Chang admits that this can’t be done in isolation, as “relationship building also requires investing in the adults working in schools.”

In a workforce marked by brewing dissolution and malaise, educators are especially distressed. While 51% of U.S. workers in general report being very or extremely satisfied with their jobs, that number shifts to only 33% for teachers. Difficulty with retainment leads to greater workloads for current teachers, as 70% of educators report that their school is understaffed.

“We’re failing our students miserably,” Wolfe told Fortune, adding that she would work hours past midnight to grade or do paperwork. Her burnout speaks to the stress that pervades the industry, as 84% of educators report that there’s not enough time in their workday to do all that’s expected of them. Still, even with a hefty workload, teachers are struggling to make ends meet. Only 15% of educators report being extremely or very satisfied with their pay.

It all means good teachers are throwing in the towel and warning others to not follow in their footsteps. After teaching for 19 years, Wolfe left her dream job last year. “I’ve done enough,” she said. “I don’t have anything left.”

She’s not alone, as 29% of teachers who reported not planning on quitting or retiring within the year told Pew they’re looking for a new job. A good portion are looking for a job outside of the sector entirely.

The kids are not all right, really, fueling the fire for teachers. And when they’re overworked, educators don’t have the ability to properly do their job and provide adequate care or education for said children. The main crises facing kids, according to their teachers, include poverty, chronic absenteeism, and anxiety and depression.

As it stands, educators are feeling empty. Education only works off free labor from teachers. If teachers would stop working for free, it would collapse,” Wolfe said.

Written by Chloe Berger for AOL ~ April 9, 2024

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8 thoughts on “Teachers Are So Fed Up With the Broken Education System That…

  1. Ace

    Teachers are NOT poorly paid. They are overpaid for their performance. They have a lot of excuses as to why none of their students can read, write or do math, some of which are true, but they are solidly middle class. If they are in a two income family they are usually upper middle class.

  2. Ace

    Pew finds that more trust the Democratic Party to deal with the crisis plaguing the system. LOL so the people who caused the problem are the solution. You can not beat the stupidity of those who graduated from Gov Ed.

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  4. Rick

    This article really is addressed at urban inner city neighborhoods, but country schools may have the same problems. Teacher’s Unions control these schools and they’re dong a terrible job. Most big cities are controlled by the Democrat party because the suburbs can’t elect the city mayor. Unions and minorities have elected these people for over 60 years. They haven’t maintained the existing schools, streets, sidewalks and homes that are condemmed. Welfare has destroyed families when the more kids you have, the more money you get, and even more money if you have no male figurehead at home with the kids. The kids run rampant and disrupt schools and the next thing you know, there’s another gereration of dependantsn for the rest of the country to pay for. There needs to be a task force to repair this.

  5. Markus L Horner

    Being an educator is still a good profession as long as you plan on avoiding the public school system. With the rise in school choice, there is still a place for you. But I would not go near any public school system with a ten-foot pole.

  6. Steve Walker

    In California we have elementary school music teachers earning over $90K per year for working a part time job. Teachers work short days, get every holiday off, a week off at Easter, two weeks off at Christmas and two plus months off for “summer vacation”. Most teachers who are teaching at level that require grading papers are already getting a “free” period during their day to do this work. Even if they needed to spend an hour, outside of school, to do this, it would still not amount to an eight hour work day. I am so sick of hearing how teachers are overworked and underpaid.

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