Re: Teachers leaving the profession due to low salaries
Posted by David Fassler on 11/12/07
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
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
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.