Wow! This whole week set aside for teachers, with May 5th  Teacher Appreciation Day, claimed by the National Education Association as “A day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”

So noble sounding and sentimental; nevertheless, in pre-pandemic days, a January Educators for Excellence survey found that:

  • 35% of teachers would be “very likely” to strike over pay;
  • 32% of teachers would strike over an insufficient pay raise; and
  • While 77% became teachers for the long haul, just 50% said they’re “likely” to stick it out; another 37% said just “somewhat likely.”

As for why so many educators are dissatisfied with their chosen profession:

  • 60% said they want a higher paying job
  • 56% dislike addressing discipline issues
  • 25% said they don’t have enough professional autonomy

Teacher Appreciation Week, yes, but the only thing that’s really changed is that teachers now deliver lessons and ”talk” with students and parents online—for hours on end, day in and day out—accompanied by the sound of even more lip service…

~ With thanks and well wishes, Carol