August 18, 2005

Speaking of age ....

... blogger buddy Greg has a post up about teachers getting out of the profession after only five years of service:

More teachers, it seems, are ready to leave their schools behind.

Forty percent of public-school teachers plan to exit the profession within five years, the highest rate since at least 1990, according to a study being released today.

83% of teachers surveyed, however, report being satisfied with their jobs. Yet,

beyond retirement, teachers say they have plenty of reasons to consider leaving, including concerns about pay, dissatisfaction with school bureaucracy or plans to work in another education job.

I never complain about pay, for one. First, because our bennies are first-rate, and second because we get a lot of time off. Next, what bureaucracy doesn't breed some degree of dissatisfaction? Lastly, another education job? That's always a possibility if the right opportunity ever presents itself. However, it's gotta be a darn good one for me as the staff at my school is the finest group of people I've ever known.

Posted by Hube at August 18, 2005 10:07 AM | TrackBack

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Hey, Hube...

Thanks for stopping by. I was actually hoping you would provide some perspective on the Times article. I wasn't hanging that out there as a state of the union piece. I almost added, "I wonder what Hube has to say about this?" at the end of the post.

There were a couple of things that caught my eye about the article. One was, of course, the reasons for leaving, and I would think there are things implied within the "school bureaucracy" dealing more with student relations that would drive me up the freaking wall. The other thing I noticed was where the article mentioned that school districts are expanding their recruitment beyond the academic arena to professional career fields, where experts in math, science and other subjects are being trained to teach.

That information would have been more accessible had I remembered to hot-link the article. This caffeine-free life is really catching up with me.

Sorry for the oversight.

Posted by: greg at August 18, 2005 10:27 AM

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