According to the Learning Policy Institute, it’s estimated that 8% of all teachers in America leave the profession for good every year. And 40% of the teachers quit their profession within 5 years. … What’s worse? That number has risen dramatically over the last 20 years.
Why Are They Leaving Their Students In Darkness??
“Excuse me Mr. Principal. Why is our class teacher not showing up??”
“He resigned, dear one!!” replied the principal.
Yes, it’s true the teachers are resigning or quitting their profession and for good.
Teachers, who guide the young generation like a torch on hand. That light is now slowly fading away. What’s the reason? Why are they quitting such a noble job?
According to the Learning Policy Institute, it’s estimated that 8% of all teachers in America leave the profession for good every year. What’s worse? That number has risen dramatically over the last 20 years. While retirement can account for some of that, there are still thousands of educators every year that are walking out the door to never return. Many have built successful careers after quitting teaching, like Suzanne Klein.
So, now comes the million-dollar question!
“WHY ARE THEY LEAVING IN THE FIRST PLACE?”
There is not one but various reasons for such an alarming issue.
The State of Working.
The main reasons teachers walk away from their jobs is because of the poor working conditions, unreasonable demands, and unrealistic expectations they face every day. Collectively, these factors make the teaching profession unbearable for even the best educators.
The Learning Policy Institute Survey showed that many teachers left because they were very dissatisfied with their job and one of the fundamental reasons for this is they were forced to teach.
It’s very natural, the work that is done out of force will not bring the desired fruit.
Your heart and soul needs to be in sync if you want to carry out the assigned job.
The teaching profession can be a tough job and this task gets even rough if the teachers have to come up with the proper resources without any support from the respected institutes.
According to the Learning Policy Institute reports, it has been shown that teachers had to pay for their own stationery items and many other accessories for teaching their students. The institutes don’t bear the cost at all and this can get very frustrating for a teacher.
Congested classrooms with overloading students is another reason why the educators are signing off from their work. Many teachers have complained that it gets very hectic for them to manage all the students at a time and it also deteriorates their morale for teaching.
Add to that the fact that some schools don’t have the proper amount of classrooms or facilities and it makes an unhappy workforce.
Work Stress and Insufficient Salary Is Getting On Their Nerves.
Being a teacher is not at all an easy job!!
You are putting your whole heart to it and at the end of the day, you are not being rewarded sufficiently, can be very discouraging for any working class people!!
On the other hand, tons of work stress adds oil to the fire!!
Teachers may sometimes joke with their students and say how stressful their lives are and how they are dealing with this stress, but in reality they are actually speaking the truth.
A 2017 study conducted at the University of Missouri says, over 90% of elementary school teachers report “high levels of stress”.
The teachers are continuously at a state of pressure to succeed in their work life. And bring the best out of their students. But the matter of fact, in order to pursue their noble desires they are putting themselves at a state of distress and psychological trauma.
And after withstanding all these pressures and tensions when they are not being paid well can surely turn off a teacher’s desires for teaching.
Moreover, even after swallowing all these stress and tensions when they realise that their work value and dedication is not getting recognised and paid off. Their urge for work slowly fades; it also ties into poor performance in the classroom and low job satisfaction.
What It Means To The Students?
Personally, I think it surely affects the students a lot.
Because it’s very natural for a student to build a great bond with a teacher and when that teacher quits the job, it truly affects the students’ mentality.
As the students were already used to being mentored by a particular educator and when that stops, it derails the student from being interested in learning. And the replaced teacher might not succeed in grasping the student’s heart.
Research shows that such disruptions can be very discouraging for any student and it also hampers them to graduate from school/college and eventually puts a crack in pursuing a good career!!
Are There Any Possible Solutions For This??
No problems come without a solution!!
The authorities of the respected institutes must take decent actions in order to save their valuable assets.
These actions can be as follows:
- Create a supportive management environment.
- Provide the teachers with incentives and bonuses.
- They can also arrange monthly tours for the teachers’ refreshments.
- Allow the teachers to share their problems with their authorities and the authorities should come up with decent solutions.
- They can also conduct a mandatory psychology therapy for the well being of the teachers’ mental stability.
- The authorities should look after the amount of workload the teachers are facing.
It’s very essential that we provide our educators with the right treatment and respect their dedications and also idolise their sacrifices and determinations. Only then we can grow a nation’s future!!