Teaching used to be a job that people look up to a lot. In fact, back in the day, professors are treated the same as individuals with important positions in politics. Because knowledge equals power and equips them to become better leaders. Women have been fighting for the right to be on the same leveled field when it comes to education.
They could literally make or break the future of millions of children.
Yet, so many teachers are losing the passion they once had. It’s more than just about making ends meet.
Abby Norman is a teacher from Atlanta, Georgia, who recently switched careers into bartending. The mother-of-two admitted on Twitter that despite “loving the students and the learning,” she makes way more on a job that doesn’t take up as much time as teaching does.
Her story resonates with other teachers.
National Center for Education Statistics shows that the average annual earning for teachers across the states between 2019 and 2020 is $63,645. The lowest is $45k in Mississippi. The shocking part is how this is only around $100 more than teachers used to make in 1989.
They are considered middle-income class, but the mental burden and stress associated with the work are often disregarded. Particularly when instead of gratitude, they are only sent with a barrage of complaints from parents.
Teachers are not getting the same facilities other essential workers do.
When a part-time, automated job pays you better, you know it’s time to quit.
Health insurance doesn’t matter if you’re burned out all the time.
Devoted teachers don’t like half-baked jobs, but the pay is just not worth it.
They are literally the second people kids spend the most time with after their family. But people don’t care about them.
The education system has since long stopped caring about its teachers.
CNBC reported that 1 out of 4 teachers are thinking about quitting after 2020. A 32-year-old teacher who was interviewed shared that he “wanted to help” but decided to resign in September 2020. But his observation of how his state, Louisiana, attempted to deal with the pandemic made him conclude that it wasn’t worth the risk.
He remembers getting called back to the classroom a month before a major spike in cases and said, “I felt like I was being experimented on.”