It comes as little surprise that classroom teachers believe no one really cares what they think when education policy is being formulated. A study of more than 3,000 teachers by the Center on Education Policy shows an increasing frustration at constantly changing demands and the lack of influence at the district, state or national level.
CEP Executive Director Maria Ferguson believes this frustration definitely factors into current teacher shortages in many parts of the U.S.
Other findings include:
- Just over 50 percent of teachers say the stress and disappointments involved in teaching at their school aren’t really worth it.
- 68 percent say they became a teacher in order to make a difference in a students’ life.
- 82 percent say making a difference for a student is the most rewarding part of their profession.
- A majority believe too much time is spent preparing students for state and district mandated tests
- Teachers want more planning time and smaller class sizes.
- More than half of those surveyed would leave teaching immediately for a higher-paying job.
Based on feedback I get from school visits, I have no reason to believe a survey of just Alabama teachers would show much different results.