School teachers are the unsung heroes of this country. They’re responsible for the growth and development of thousands of children throughout their careers. They give so much in exchange for so little, yet many of them are suffering quietly as they take on additional burdens that weren’t quite listed in the job description.
In June of 2019, former Kindergarten teacher Jessica Gentry wrote an unfiltered Facebook post that explained the reasons why she quit her job. It took everyone by surprise, because “low pay” was at the very bottom of her list.
We’re going to look at the reasons why teachers quit their jobs, and what’s in store for life after the classroom.
Unless they lucked out and got a job within a private school system, most public-school teachers are underpaid and are barely making ends meet at the end of the month.
While many them aren’t in it for the money, inflation coupled with the high cost of living nowadays has made higher pay all the more critical for those who are tasked with the education of the next generation of Americans.
One of the primary reasons why teachers quit is due to the emotional baggage that they find themselves taking on during the course of any given day. When they encounter instances of abuse, poverty, and neglect in their students—it can take a heavy psychological toll, whether they realize it or not.
Teachers just can’t “turn off” their emotions when the day is over. If one of their students is suffering from an abuse or neglect issue, a teacher will often worry about them long after they’ve gone home for the day. This can lead to adverse effects on their personal lives, especially if they have children of their own.
There is nothing more irritating than having to deal with a bad parent. Especially one that doesn’t care about their kids or is too over-protective. This can lead to instances of verbal outbursts directed squarely at the teacher, despite the issue not being their fault.
Parents will even stand up the teacher multiple times for a scheduled in-person conference, then complain to the principal when the teacher wouldn’t take their own time after school to meet them.
No matter what, the teacher is usually the first one to get blamed—even when they’re doing the right thing.
Large Class Sizes
Large class sizes are consistently in the top three reasons why teachers wind up prematurely quitting their jobs. It’s impossible to offer a quality education if you have to manage more than 20 children at once. Some teachers are finding themselves with 40 or more students for a single class!
State budget cutbacks and other societal issues have led to school districts increasing the size of their classrooms. With these large numbers of students, it can be very challenging for a teacher to single out and identify those who are struggling and might require extra help.
Many of the children will have behavioral issues that can severely disrupt the learning environment for other students. Teachers are expected to not only manage their students but provide them a sufficient education such that they can meet or exceed unreasonable standards set forth by both parents and the state.
Where Do Teachers Go After They Quit?
Are you a teacher who has had enough and are considering quitting? Where do you go when you’ve hit that point? While going back to college is an option, it’s incredibly expensive, time-consuming, and at the end of the day, there’s no guarantee you’ll get a job after you graduate with another degree.
What if there was a way you could earn more than 162% of what you used to make as a teacher?
TravelHost is a business opportunity that’s ideal for teachers who are in a transitional period and looking for what comes next after they leave their teaching job. Teachers have all of the essential personal qualities that are needed for successful business ownership, including dedication, perseverance, and the ability to develop relationships to name just a few.
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