Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Difficulty of Teaching

I came across this interesting article today that was published a few days ago in the Washington Post. It's from a gentleman who left a job in the high-tech industry to become a high school math teacher. In the United States, people generally have no idea how difficult it is to teach. For the most part, teachers are constantly asked to do more and more and more with less and less. When I was getting my teaching certificate, the statistics were that within the first three years of entering the profession, 30% of teachers leave and never return. In the ten years since then those statistics have risen and the percentage is now around 45%. I'm actually surprised it hasn't raised above the 50% mark, yet. However, my guess is that in another 1-3 years from now with the full implementation of Common Core it will rise above that.

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