There is a teacher shortage.
And just to be sure you understand, it's not that teachers don't want to teach.
It's not that there aren't enough teachers certified to teach.
It's that teachers don't wish to teach among the horrible conditions that exist in the public
school system in the United States.
COVID, banning of books, restricting the teaching of American History, not "Black History",
"AMERICAN" history, micro-managing admin, "coaches" who have only taught in an actual classroom
for 2 years, standardized testing, parent enablers, professional development that doesn't professionally
develop anyone,disrespectful students, the list is endless.
Disclaimer: I am aware that all of these conditions do not occur in every school in the U.S.
So, what's the solution? How do we retain the teachers who have stayed, get the ones who have quit back,
and encourage new educators to start?
What? Are you kidding? In some places, that's not even a thought. Just put bodies in the room. Right?
Anyone can teach.
A few solutions from a classroom teacher.
*PAY us. Pay us like we went to college and have a degree or degrees. Whether you want to call
teaching a job or not, it is a job. That whole "Teachers don't do it for the money...". Yes, we do. Our
services are not free!
*Treat us with respect. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Aretha Franklin voice). Everybody. Admin, the media,
parents, the public, and students. Respect our voice, our opinions, our knowledge, and our expertise.
*Provide our students with what they need. Why should teachers have to #clearthelist to get basic
supplies for their classroom? Why isn't that being funded? No teacher should have to dig in their own
*Listen to us. Sometimes, no, most of the time, we know what is best for our students. Knowing the
latest education buzzwords does not make an Education expert make. "When I was in the
classroom",loses its flavor after 2-3 years, sometimes sooner.
In the end, the students are the ones who get the short end of the stick. They spend a year with bodies
in the room. They might end up with a rotating list of bodies.
We have to do better. Bu,t will we?