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Thu Mar 8, 2012, 08:47 AM

Survey: Teacher Job Satisfaction Hits a Low Point

Teacher job satisfaction is at the lowest it's been in more than two decades, likely as a consequence—at least in part—of the economic downturn and resulting cuts to education budgets, according to a national survey.

The 28th annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, released today, finds that 44 percent of teachers are "very satisfied" with their jobs, down from 59 percent in 2009. The last time job satisfaction dipped as low was in 1989.

The report is based on telephone interviews of 1,001 U.S. public school teachers conducted last fall by Harris Interactive on behalf of MetLife Inc. (The MetLife Foundation provides funding to Education Week Teacher to support its capacity to engage teachers interactively in professional community.)

In another indication of declining morale, according to the report, 29 percent of teachers say they are likely to leave the teaching profession within the next five years—up from 17 percent in 2009.

more . . . . http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/03/07/metlife11.html?tkn=UMYFia5FQ0uOn9QG3MkVti1qoAOVimJrlfQq&cmp=ENL-TU-NEWS1

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proud2BlibKansan Mar 2012 OP
cindyperry2010 Mar 2012 #1
xchrom Mar 2012 #2
Reader Rabbit Mar 2012 #3
mbperrin Mar 2012 #4
roody Mar 2012 #5
proud2BlibKansan Mar 2012 #7
Smarmie Doofus Mar 2012 #6

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 08:49 AM

1. Having been a substitute teacher

I well understand it

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 08:58 AM

2. du rec. nt

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 10:04 AM

3. Too many non-educators making decisions.

And not just on the state and national level.

We have an assistant principal who has never been a classroom teacher. For this individual to be in charge of evaluating teachers is a joke. (It also doesn't help that the guy is a complete misogynist. Makes you wonder if he got into educational administration for a reason.)

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 09:52 PM

4. Let's see: locally, no raises for teachers for two years, not even step increases, even though the

superintendent and chief of staff got $15,000 raises. 10% RIF and doubling of insurance deductible plus 15% increase in premiums.

Hey, what's not to like?

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 11:44 PM

5. How about third grade boys

who read at first grade level, but they can read and spell the words "call of duty."

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Response to roody (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:25 AM

7. My 1st graders can't read but they can spell

disney, barbie and pbskids.

I hear you.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:26 AM

6. Down 15 % since 2009. Hmmm, let' s see. What happened in 2009 that could have precipitated ....

 

... such a sharp decline. What new president.... being guided by what sec of ed.... racing to the top of *WHAT* exactly?

Point 2: ED Week gets $$$ from Gates also.
("The MetLife Foundation provides funding to Education Week Teacher to support its capacity to engage teachers interactively in professional community."

Point 3: Gotta love the euphemisms: "provides funding".

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