Teachers, who ordinarily would not retire until age 60, which is the sweet spot for maximum benefits, are now considering packing it in (“With No End in Sight to the Coronavirus, Some Teachers Are Retiring Early Rather Than Going Back to School,” Time, July 8). That’s because some 20 percent of teachers feel their health is worth more than reduced pension benefits.
I completely agree with them. Older teachers and those with preexisting health issues are more vulnerable to the coronavirus. It’s a matter of survival. No matter how hard they try, schools can’t guarantee them protection. If the threat were not so severe, I doubt early retirement would be on their radar. But what good is a full pension if it can’t be enjoyed in good health?
When I was teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District, several teachers at my high school took early retirement because of the protracted stress they were under as a result of the changing student population combined with the new standards movement. None of them regretted doing so. I submit that more and more teachers will retire early when they calculate the risks.
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