Bill calls for surveying teachers about why they're leaving the profession

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  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:02 p.m.

    Here’s my list, when I leave:
    No support in handling students with behavior problems.
    Micromanagement by the school district, USBE, and the Legislature.
    Nonstop mandated testing and data collection. No time to teach between tests.
    Constant increase in requirements for teachers and seemingly no accountability for students or parents.
    Common Core math program not developmentally appropriate for elementary school students.
    Reduction in benefits package.
    Salary.
    Difficult parents.

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 10:57 a.m.

    This is typical of government. Put time and money into an obvious problem, mull it over for some time, and then do nothing about it because they haven't been able to solve it before.
    The low pay prevents married men from entering the profession because they can't support a family and this has led to a female-dominated profession. In turn, this lack of male models has affected respect for the school and their teachers. Parents are partially to blame as well because many/most overly protect their child and blame teachers instead of their kid.
    Common Core and other rigid curricula are at the center of today's problems because they have taken creativity and the personal touch out of teaching. The obsession with and the overuse of testing was partly the reason I retired. School has become so PC and so political that teachers are afraid to say anything that might resemble the truth.
    The problem began at the end of the 60's when the ACLU took the power out of the hands of school administrators and teachers and gave students rights they did not deserve nor earn. Schools have been on a downward slide since then.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 8:58 a.m.

    Back in the day, I quit my truck driving job, and took a substantial pay cut to become a math teacher. Let me help out the legislators!

    Reasons for quitting teaching:

    1) Low pay
    2) Huge class sizes
    3) Working with a lot of beleaguered people. (other teachers!)
    4) Long hours planning, and grading papers
    5) Lack of respect for the profession

    Anxious to see results of the study!