The article by Elona at https://elonaschreiner.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/the-one-reason-i-quit-teaching/ is very well written and could be so many of our stories including mine. The only difference – I had over 30 years of being able to connect and teach without the over use of data and invasion of politics. I might just love spreadsheets for a lot of things, they should NEVER take priority over the needs of students- professionally or personally. Watch me teach and help me get better but all the extra paperwork takes me away from the real needs of students.
Dedication is the sign of a teacher who doesn’t need someone making him/her accountable and making a difference in the lives of students. But they are the ones leaving the profession with a heavy heart but not without years of trying to make it better. Many of the people in the class room that need to be held accountable view teaching as a job and have influenced the need for more testing. Teaching means teaching students the best way we know how and continuing to look for ways to get better. Let’s get back to that and help students learn and encourage them to be happy and healthy.
I’d love to hear what you think.