The pandemic has changed life as we know it. The way we shop, the way we socialize, the way we can’t build anything because wood costs one million dollars. Education has undoubtedly been hit hard. Despite in-person learning resuming for the most part, now school districts are struggling to fill vacancies in just about every way. There’s a shortage of bus drivers, of substitute teachers, and of–I am not making this up–printer ink.
As if the teacher turnover rate weren’t already through the roof, now we can’t even make copies?!
Sure all that stuff sucks, but I’m here to argue: teachers aren’t hightailing it out of the profession because of the lack of resources. So many of us are opting out because of the way we’re treated. Students’ parents, this is where you should start taking notes.
Honestly, you’d be hard-pressed to find a group of comparably educated and experienced professionals with salaries as low as teachers’ who willingly remain in their careers despite being metaphorically (and sometimes literally) shit on.
Just my opinion on the teacher turnover rate in my latest for Bored Teachers.