This post by Kyle Stokes entitled Why So Many More Teachers Hate Their Jobs Now was written almost a year ago; but I just stumbled across it. It meshes with what I know from teachers I’m friends with.
These are not lazy people or people who want to coast or people who resent changes to the status quo. But, they are tired of a lot of things; not least of which is being a political punching bag for those who want to liberate education money from the public sphere and get it into the pockets of the right sorts of people.
I’d regarded it as sort of background noise, but I guess I’m becoming a little concerned about narrowing curricula focused on teaching to the test. I’m all for my kids learning the fundamentals; but if they don’t develop agile minds, I’m going to be doomed to boring Thanksgiving dinner conversations for the next 30 years.