Norah Colvin with a post that all parents and aspiring teachers should read. As Norah points out, teaching used to be a job for life, but more and more younger teachers are leaving after only a few short years, suffering from burn out.. not from teaching the children the ever changing expectations for data and unrealistic demands made of the children. You are also treated to a piece of Norah’s flash fiction.
Teacher burnout is a huge problem. Fading are the days of veteran teachers staying in the job and sharing the wisdom of their experience with the younger generation of teachers. Many articles tell of teachers leaving the profession after five or fewer years.
Teachers start out with fire in their hearts, with an ambition to change lives and improve outcomes for all the children in their care. Many leave after just a few years when that fire has not only burnt out but has burnt them out too.
For others, who contemplate no alternative, the fire smoulders for years until they become cynical with a system that is ever-changing but rarely improving, and expectations that increase exponentially with little recognition of their efforts or the value they add to lives or society.
I recently listened to a book on the topic written by a passionate educator whose fire was extinguished…
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