Why Are Michigan Teachers Quitting At Such A High Rate?
It seems that teachers in Michigan are quitting their jobs at an alarming rate. Fox 17 recently spoke about how not only is there a teacher shortage in Michigan, but that teachers are quitting at any chance they get and the state is having ta problem finding and retaining younger teachers as more leave. I'm curious why this is. It's not only Michigan who is dealing with this epidemic, but other states as well. Protests in other states have already shut down schools over low pay and poor conditions for the teachers.
Liesje Franken, who's a former teacher at Waukazoo Elementary in Holland, spoke about how she would feel completely drained at the end of her day: "At the end of my career, I was easily putting in 10 hour days physically at school and couldn't get anything done. It's like a sponge. After a while, there's nothing left to squeeze."
State Senator Winnie Brinks also feels that teachers have a target on their back and are not nearly appreciated for what they do: "Teachers are talking about how this isn't just about money. It's about valuing educators and about putting kids first, and teachers are feeling this system is letting them down."
I personally feel like this is a problem that needs fixing fast. Teachers have a massive influence on childrens' lives. Having not only the resources, but the stamina to wake up everyday to educate, mold, and strengthen our kids for their future is a big responsibility and a lot of pressure. At the same time, teachers are the last people we want to be disgruntled about their jobs. A lack of empathy for a developing mind because of displeasure in the work place could lead to an attitude being developed that isn't fit to be responsible for influencing a child.
What do you think can be done to solve this problem?