Has anyone else noticed the number of stories like these that have become news recently? It is no longer a secret that great teachers are leaving the profession due to the increase in non-teaching responsibilities that fill up their schedules so full that getting through the day is impossible. The state of public schools is deteriorating rapidly, and has been for some time. You might be lucky enough to get a great teacher now and again if you decide to ship your children off to public school, but great teachers are disappearing fast. Further, although public school seems like a great option for “free” education, it comes at a high cost to your child’s overall well-being.
The decision-makers regarding school and educational policies say and maybe even also think they are doing right by children. But more often than not, new programs that become implemented under the guise of improving education, are actually making teachers’ jobs impossible, and as a result, quickly turning great educators away, teachers who love their jobs even when they were difficult. This leaves public-schooled children with increasing numbers of inexperienced teachers at best, and at worst, disgruntled teachers who stick around but grudgingly get themselves through the day in order to continue to accept their monthly paychecks. Teachers don’t make a great salary, it’s true, but those who leave public school positions are making a tough decision and making a huge financial sacrifice if they decide to continue in the education profession. Most other non-public school positions come with lower salaries and often no benefits.
This in itself says a lot about the teaching profession and the state of public school education. It’s time to make great changes in the education world for the sake of our children.