Teacher, principal dissatisfaction rises, national survey shows
We've heard it in the classrooms and the board rooms. Teachers' morale is dropping as the work load increases. Parents don't do enough to prepare their children for school. School leadership jobs have grown too complex.
The latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher quantifies that the challenges are seens as tougher than ever by the pros in the trenches, and their desire to stick with their jobs is tanking as a result.
The report lists shrinking budgets, new responsibilities implementing the Common Core and test result-centric performance evaluations as critical components in the educators' thinking. Teacher job satisfaction has dropped 23 percentage points over four years, while principal satisfaction has declined nine points, with about a third of principals saying they would look into new professions within five years. They said the biggest obstacles to overcome are not theirs alone.
From the executive summary: "Among responsibilities that school leaders face, those that teachers and principals identify as most challenging result from conditions that originate beyond school doors. A majority of teachers and principals report that their school’s budget has decreased in the last 12 months, and even greater proportions of teachers and principals indicate that it is challenging or very challenging for school leaders to manage budgets and resources to meet school needs. Teachers and principals also rate the responsibilities of addressing the individual needs of diverse learners and engaging parents and the community in improving the education of students as significant leadership challenges."