Former Teachers on Why They Quit Teaching

Being a teacher isn’t easy – no one’s denying that. A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that between February 2020 and May 2022, 300,000 public school educators quit their jobs. It’s also a hot topic online, with former teachers responding to “Buzzfeed” articles and Reddit threads about why they quit. Here are some stories from these former teachers about why they quit.

  • "Former teacher here. I felt harassed by the administration for not allowing them to cross my boundaries. It was a job, not my life. I would not take things home. I would only work 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. My administration told me I didn't have what it takes to be a teacher because I set my boundaries and kept to them. I'm a 14-year veteran teacher and military veteran."
  • "In a meeting with other English teachers, an admin said, 'Sixth grade will no longer be reading novels. It's not statistically proven to improve test scores.' If reading doesn't improve testing, your testing is wrong."
  • "When the corporate job offered me three times the salary and a 12% annual bonus. Now my kids can afford to go to the college where Dad used to teach."
  • "I stopped when my annual review with the new program dean focused on the 10% of student reviews that were negative rather than the 90% that were positive. There are too many aggravations working against teachers. At the least, the administration has to have your back."
  • "I am one of the 300,000 teachers who left. After teaching over Zoom for the end of the 2020 school year, I left and have not regretted it one bit. I make less money now, but my stress level has dropped tremendously. It was one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but the stress and pressure from admin and parents were not worth it.”

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Source: Buzzfeed

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