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Educators Respond to Decline in Teachers Trend on Social Media

Educators Respond to Decline in Teachers Trend on Social Media

In recent weeks, NPR (among other media outlets) reported on the decline in teachers entering the workforce. This sparked a lengthy, nationwide discussion across all social media outlets. 

So says an article on NPR.org, which compiled responses and conversations among teachers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

From Facebook, user Priya Devineni said that the "rewards in teaching just don't add up anymore because all of the external forces, fluffy requirements, and standardized testing. 

"I recently experimented, after working at NASA for 9 years as an engineer, I decided to teach high school... [Random, I know.]. What did I learn? As a teacher, i am working TWICE the HOURS, and I receive HALF THE PAY...which to me makes no sense and it's a shame that teachers are paid so little," Devineni wrote. "No wonder so many teacher(s) get burned-out after the 1st year and quit. Although the rewards can be great [on some days], the math just doesn't add up...LITERALLY."

Other teachers responded underneath Devineni's post, sharing their views on the profession. 

One user, Araceliy Spaulding, wrote: "I'm a teacher and it is so sad to see all the first year teachers getting burned out because of testing, being told that they aren't good teachers, and quitting. It's hard to encourage them to stay because, really, what for?"

Another teacher, Emma Bovary, wrote: "'No Child Left Behind' forgot to bring the teachers along."

Read the full story.

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

Teachers: What do you think about this trend? Do you think that there is a way to help first-year teachers stay in the profession? Share your feelings in the comments below or speak your mind on Twitter or Facebook.

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