We are at a major turning point in education. According to a recent survey, 48% of teachers admitted they had considered quitting in the past 30 days. Of that number, 34% said they were thinking of leaving the profession altogether.
Staff shortages have plagued schools for years, but now it’s reaching epic proportions. At a conference last month, I sat around the table with four superintendents from various parts of the country and asked them, “What percentage of teachers resigning would create a cataclysmic drop in your organization’s ability to educate young people?” Responses were surprisingly low, with one superintendent replying, “One. The resignation of a teacher would do us a lot of harm.”
Teachers and administrators alike are stressed, overworked, and at the end of their rope. After the tremendous pressures of the last two years, they have nothing more to give. They are already giving everything: time, energy, mental well-being and heart. They are more than tired. They are exhausted. Conditions in the field of education have always tended to be demanding, but today they are a recipe for exhaustion, which teachers experience almost twice as much like other government employees.