Teacher morale has ’reached a tipping point’, new survey shows

Teacher morale has ’reached a tipping point’, new survey shows

According to the Educator Confidence Index from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC), teacher optimism in the US has fallen from 50% in 2018 to 34% in 2019. The survey included more than 1,300 K-12 teachers and administrators. The drop is a result of low salaries, insufficient funding, and the often complicated social-emotional needs of their students.

Timothy
Timothy
RJ of Cthulhu
RJ of Cthulhu 3 months

The public school system sucks and is creates selfish ingrates as is.

I have no idea
I have no idea 3 months

Slaves to the state are unhappy about having no control over what they teach. Go figure.

Formiam Gotten
Formiam Gotten 3 months

if teaching in America hadn't filled with leftist zealots I might actually care.

Seekster
Seekster 3 months

Teacher here. I teach US History at a small rural district in Texas. We are not unionized but I can see that morale is low and my own is low too. Not only are teachers paid little but contracts are for one year at a time so loyalty is lacking for both teachers and school districts. Turnover for teachers and administrators is bad (though that could just be my district). The bigger issue though is the lack of appreciation (reads comments). I cannot speak about what is going in with teachers in other states, but other than pay the biggest issue is that with the decline of the American family there are too many teachers essentially being asked to raise children and we simply cannot do that and teach required content at the same time. I feel like I am ranting but if I could pick out the most depressing thing about teaching...its caring so much about your students only to watch many of them not give a crap and worse still not being able to make them give a crap because you are part of a system that keep failing kids who will probably grow up to be a burden on society (that being said there ARE good kids but they seem to be increasingly rare). I don't know for sure how to fix our education system, but I am absolutely sure what we are doing isn't working.

kells
kells 3 months

abolish public schools

Herbie Goes Bananas
Herbie Goes Bananas 3 months

What's with these useless, subjective surveys? Teacher morale is low. So fucking what!

CGandG
CGandG 3 months

This needs more information. It’s not clear why they have low morale.

David Giarratana
David Giarratana 3 months

As a tutor, the reasons are: 1) The curricula are getting micromanaged into oblivion, with every new standard being more confusing for students than the last. 2) Common core and the lesser known CPM prioritize "group learning", wasting valuable time to have students who don't know what they're talking about confuse each other even more. 3) Teachers get terrible pay. 4) Teachers are forced to allow students to interrupt lessons with their pointless feelings. 5) Increasingly, teachers are expected to avoid topics or teaching styles for political reasons. 6) As ever, parents are either too uninvolved or way too involved. 7) Teachers keep getting blamed for the stupid crap the government and school administration do. 8) School administration is typically composed of self-righteous know-nothings.

Meyer
Meyer 3 months

Good Maybe they will start to demand change from their administrations

IvoryDove
IvoryDove 3 months

Teachers are unionized, thus Democrats, thus socialists, thus upset with Trump, thus have low morale.

Crimson Jester
Crimson Jester 3 months

Stop teaching crap propaganda and an ideology of hate, selfishness, and victimhood.

porcus
porcus 3 months

Public education needs to be burned to the ground and created anew, preferably without the feds getting involved in specifics. All that the feds should be doing is setting the standards for what specific basic information processing levels are to be achieved - reading, writing, math, science, and history, that's it. The "how" should be up to the states, school system, parents, whatever.

ConcealCarryProtect
ConcealCarryProtect 3 months

Homeschool your kids.

John Wilson
John Wilson 3 months

are you supposed to have high morale when you produce a substandard results? "the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future" my suggestion just collect your check, and wait for juicy retirement in 20 years. expecting fulfillment for low performance government job, (you can't be fired from), is a bridge to far. or go work for a private school if you actually have skill.

MoralKombat
MoralKombat 3 months

My experiences in public priso... sorry school system left me with poor social skills from years of abuse which continue to limit me to this day, but it did teach me to sufficiently read and write well enough to shitpost on the internet so their is that.

Daniel McEwen
Daniel McEwen 3 months

Let's see. They have to teach to a standarized test a lot of kids can't pass, kids are moved forward without knowing anything, kids can do whatever they want because there will be no repercussion... I can't imagine why they'd be dissatisfied. I suspect the days of public schools are inching toward being over. We're not there yet but without some discipline and allowing teachers to teach there might be a turnaround.

Morbo
Morbo 3 months

Not just in the US. The schools are under funded, teachers over worked. The good ones are leaving and the bad ones don't care.

Nate
Nate 3 months

Let teachers control the decisions affecting the schools and classrooms.

Dave
Dave 3 months

I guess it's hard to keep up morale when you're dodging bullets.

Little Scar
Little Scar 3 months

And you have every right to leave that job and find another. Let all the public school teachers leave and those who are from the private schools that are just as aggressive in socialist indoctrination like the ones in Nazifornia. The "education system" needs to be dismantled, destroyed and then rebuilt outside of gubberment hands and control.

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