If public school teachers continue to resign at the rate they are now to take jobs in the corporate world, the teacher shortage will become a crisis (“Teachers Are Quitting, and Companies Are Hot to Hire Them,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 1). The argument that teaching is a plum because of summer vacations and defined-benefit pensions doesn’t seem to dissuade teachers from leaving.
I don’t blame them. The pandemic has made an already stressful job unbearable for many teachers. It’s not the better pay they receive in the private sector that motivates them. It’s the overwhelming feeling of total burnout. If Covid 19 persists for much longer, I foresee an emergency in staffing classrooms.
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