The Mass Exodus of Educators Is Real, And It Isn’t Why You Think 

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It’s no secret that teachers are struggling. In fact, the mass exodus of educators is real, and it’s not only because of the pay. It’s because of the disruptive and disrespectful behavior from students with absolutely no accountability. Teachers are expected to be patient and understanding, but there’s only so much they can take.

When students are constantly disrupting class and showing no respect, it takes a toll on their mental health and wellbeing. And when there’s no accountability for this behavior, it only makes things worse.

Appropriate behavior in the classroom is the combined responsibility of teachers, school administrators and parents. While teachers are responsible for setting the tone and expectations in the classroom, administrators and parents play an important role in supporting and reinforcing positive behavior.

The Mass Exodus of Educators Is Real, And It Isn’t Why You Think 

author: Dawn Meehan
I have teacher friends with masters degrees who say if it weren't for their spouses, they don't know where they could live because they don't make enough to afford housing on their own. There's something extremely sad about individuals with masters degrees who can't afford the rent by themselves. And every year, they have to fight to get any kind of raise, or to keep the districts from raising their health insurance, or cutting coverage. If we entrust our future generations to teachers and expect them to turn out self-sustaining, educated, productive members of society, we need to give them the tools to do that.

But that's not even the main reason people are leaving.

According to my own unscientific survey of my coworkers, we're leaving because of the ridiculous amount of disruptive and disrespectful behavior from students with absolutely no accountability. Aside from the unruly behavior and disruption, there are the students with zero motivation to learn. I call them the TikTok kids. Their attention span is the length of a Tik Tok video and then they're "bored." So many teachers spend an insane amount of time dealing with behavior issues, and trying to coax kids to just do. their. work. that they don't have time to teach the students who are actually there to learn. It is absolutely draining. I know I personally leave work, mentally exhausted. And there are so very many parents that are just checked out. Those are the good ones. The others condone their child's abominable behavior choices, and try to place the blame on the teacher.

Those not in education might not understand the kind of behavior teachers are dealing with. And of course, this varies from elementary to middle to high school, and from school to school, district to district, and state to state. But I think I can say with absolute certainty that student behavior has gotten much worse over the years, no matter where you are. 

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