Number Of Teachers Quitting The Classroom After Just One Year Hits All-Time High

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      The teacher shortage is reaching crisis levels as the number leaving after just a year in the classroom has hit an all-time high.

      More teachers are dropping out after their first year than at any time in the last 20 years, while one in three leave after five years, according to figures published today.

      The exodus threatens to plunge classrooms into crisis as school leaders struggle to recruit staff, with the risk they may have to resort to plugging the gaps with unqualified staff.

      Almost one in six teachers (15.3%) who qualified in 2017 left the state school sector in England within a year, according to data published by the Department for Education today.

      This represents an increase on the 14.9% figure from the previous year, and is the highest for more than 20 years. It compares with the 9% who qualified in 1996 but left within a year.

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      Sometimes, it’s hard to distill the solution to a problem into a short answer, but I’m going to try:  Pay them.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

      If you just got finessed into calling the medicine that won the 2015 Nobel Prize for its role in treating human disease ‘horse de-wormer’ then you need to sit the next couple of plays out.

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      You want good teachers who don’t quit in disgust after a year? Look to Germany.

      Germans hold teachers in the same professional esteem they give doctors and judges, and far higher than lowly lawyers or business owners. They pay them a lot more than we do and, not surprisingly, get lots of high-quality, dedicated teachers. America treats teachers like shit, like they’re just supposed to volunteer to teach or  worse, considers teaching what girls who went to college and failed to get married have to do for a living.

      Why should a teacher be held in less esteem than some parasite like Jeff Bezos or Jamie Dimon or Jared Kushner? They shouldn’t, but in America they are. We are so fucked up.

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      It’s not just the low pay. It’s the working conditions. There should be two teachers in every classroom. Finland has three teachers for a class of sixteen students.  I don’t miss working 80 hours a week while being paid for less than 40. I don’t miss the stress. I don’t miss getting upset all the time. I’m glad I retired. I don’t know how the young teachers will survive.

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