Education Matters: Teachers Tell Us Why They Left the Classroom

(Thursday, April 23rd, 2009)

“Forcing education on all doesn’t add up.

“I taught high school math to seniors for five years. I’ve not returned because of the unpaid overtime hours required in order to meet the expectations from my students, their parents, my department head, the principal, the superintendent, and the state curriculum standards. Every year, more responsibility was piled on us while nothing was taken away. Planning times were shortened, more meetings were scheduled and tasks previously held by administration and counseling were being passed onto teachers. I always had hours of work ahead of me after the last bell.”

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