If you could do it over again, would you still be a teacher?
I have been noticing a growing trend in the teaching profession. Ask a few random teachers if they would encourage young people today to go into teaching.
Ask them, "If you could do it all over again would you still be a teacher?"
Many of them are saying they have not encouraged their own family members or other young people to go into education.
The most prevalent reason seems to be that the respect factor is now gone or diminishing and the constant bombardment and negativity from media and politicians has created a growing dissatisfaction.
A second reason is that the teaching profession has not kept pace with the increasing wages found in other professional careers.
This feeling seems to be supported by this month's AFT study showing that teachers' pay increased just 18 cents for every extra dollar earned by other professionals.
Searching around on the web, it's hard to find much that would give a bright, eager high school student a reason to go into what used to be a valued and respected profession.
Sad thing is, we need good people now more than ever.