A recent survey has revealed the main reasons why teachers are leaving the profession, and the careers they move onto once they have made the switch. The survey also revealed that workload and bureaucracy are the top reasons why teachers leave, followed by bullying behaviours, and poor school leadership all adding to the burden of many. A lack of a sensible work-life balance and stress were also cited as the top reasons for why teachers decide to leave.
Here are some of the top reasons why teachers quit the jobs they once loved:
1. Challenging work conditions
According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of the interviewed feel their jobs are always or often stressful—roughly double the rates of stress experienced by the general workforce.
Sandra M. tells us, “Educators are bombarded with paperwork, ridiculous curriculum, and lack of time along with unrealistic expectations.” Joan F. agrees, citing a laundry list of complaints. “Unmanageable class size, lack of materials, crappy building conditions, working 10-15 hour days and weekends, ineffective administrators, frivolous meetings and regulations, no support for discipline problems, etc.”
Being a new teacher can be especially overwhelming. Without the proper support, it’s tough to make a go of it. Clarissa S. quit her first teaching job after just two months. She blames the “inadequate preparation by administration and school board for the school year, the challenging working conditions and unrealistic expectations for first-year teachers.” Another newcomer, Cristina M., found herself frustrated working on contract and credited her departure to “difficulty securing permanent employment.” Continue reading “Why teachers quit teaching”