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Why Do Teachers Quit?

Why Do Teachers Quit?

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Teachers, especially new teachers, are quitting the profession for a multitude of different reasons. Let’s first examine the facts. A career in teaching doesn’t offer promotions. Raises based on merit are non-existent and bonuses are few and far between. Salary increases- though very small- are earned on a yearly basis solely for the level of degree and years experience. The salary is often not competitive with other professions where employees have the same educational degree. Classroom conditions vary across the US, but it’s safe to say that funding for classroom supplies and projects can be an obstacle teachers face.

The National Center for Education Statistics surveyed current and former teachers to get more info on teacher retention. In 2005, 20% of brand new public school teachers left their teaching career behind for greener pastures- that’s more than double the natural attrition for teachers that same year at only 8%. Surprising, it isn’t a public school problem. Private schools lost 16% of their staff that same year. Of those who left the profession that year, only 30% is attributed to retiring teachers- 70% left for other reasons.

Some teachers that left the profession took jobs outside the field of education. Of those surveyed, 61% cited more professional working conditions in their new careers verses their time teaching. That same group said their workload was 65% more manageable outside of teaching and they were 65% more likely to better balance their personal and professional life after leaving their teaching career.

Teaching has gotten harder. Keeping up with the standards, the pressure of testing, crowded schedules and classes all present challenges to today’s teacher. We recently asked Teaching members why teachers quit. They citied low salary, feeling overloaded, fear, and lack of training to name a few. To see the full list or submit your reasons for why teachers quit, click here.

There is one bright spot. Although professionals who left teaching seem to be getting along just fine, they found that in teaching they were 44% more likely to make a difference in the lives of others. Since that is one of the biggest factors in attracting teachers, it’s no surprise that other jobs don’t provide as much satisfaction in this area.

While education remains a hot topic in this election year, getting to the route of why teachers quit is a big step in solving many of educations problems. If qualified, passionate, and hardworking teachers stay in our classrooms, our students are not the only ones that will benefit.

  • No Full Time teaching experience: 28,100
  • 1-3 Years: 598,300
  • 4-9 Years: 867,200
  • 10-19 Years: 812,600
  • 20 Years or More: 908,600
  • SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education; National Center for Education Statistics Teacher Follow-up Survey.

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