We mean the teachers, not the kids. According to a national survey of rookie teachers released today, middle and high school teachers are much more likely than their elementary school peers to say teaching is what they really want to do, and less likely to think they're in it for the long haul.
Conducted by Public Agenda and the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, the survey of 641 first-year teachers found that 61 percent of new elementary school teachers strongly agree that teaching is really what they want to be doing now, while only 47 percent of middle and high school teachers saying likewise. (The numbers don't look good either way, though, no?)
"We all know that kids become a handful in the teen years, so we shouldn't be surprised that teaching kids this age is especially challenging," Jean Johnson, Public Agenda's executive vice president, said in a press release. "What's more worrying is the number of brand new teachers who seem to have been left dangling in challenging new jobs. These new high school and middle school teachers are more likely to say their training wasn't practical enough, and less likely to say they get good advice from colleagues once they're on the job."
Does this ring a bell? Is Florida doing enough to prepare middle and high school teachers for their unique challenges? To see the full report, click here.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter