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Re: Teachers leaving the profession due to low salaries
David Fassler

    I have been in education for most of my adult working life, more
    than 10 years as an educator. This is my fourth year as a
    classroom teacher in a title I charter school in Boston, MA and I
    am in a masters program to get my masters of arts in teaching, not
    so I can continue to teach, but so I can get out of the classroom.
    I started in nontraditional education and have worked for a
    variety of outdoor schools, science museums, and zoos which is
    where I plan to return. I work 10 hours a day during the work day
    and six hours on the weekend, not to mention that I have a second
    job to pay the bills. Before I was a classroom teacher, I had a laundry list of reasons
    why I didn't want to teach in a classroom ranging from the misery
    I saw in other teachers, to the long hours and poor pay, to the
    lack of professional respect. I started teaching in the classroom
    because I needed a job. At the time I took the job the laundry
    list of reasons seemed small and insignificant but now, it is
    forefront of my mind and the driving force for me to leave the
    profession.

    I am looking at my masters degree as a masters degree, something
    that can get me into a director of education for a zoo or science
    museum, and not as a dead-end degree that locks me into a position
    of misery.

    I am a science educator and I always will be, but I cannot
    continue to do so in a classroom. If I worked in the private
    sector the same that I work as a teacher, I would pull down a six
    figure salary, work less, and have more respect than I do now.

    My hat is off to all teachers. When I entered the profession it
    was never intended to be for the long term, but there is
    definitely a reason why people leave the profession within five
    years. People and politicians complain about the problems with
    education but NOBODY is serious about fixing the problem. I am
    tired of working 10 hours a day plus weekends to be treated as the
    enemy by parents, and expected to deal with edicts issued by
    administration for situations that I have minimal control over.
    Teachers are set up to fail, and that is what is being passed on
    to students in American schools.