Giving Compass' Take:

• Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators, released a new report indicating that half of the teachers deeply consider quitting their professions. 

• How can communities become support systems for educators? What more can donors do to elevate these professions?

• Read more about the high turnover rate for teachers. 


Some U.S. teachers have just about had enough.

No, really. A new report from Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators, finds that half of teachers have “seriously considered” leaving teaching in the last few years.

Their reasoning? Many say they’re working longer hours for less pay than ever before. They juggle high-stress classrooms and constant pressure from administrators and state officials to improve students’ standardized test scores. On top of that, they don’t feel they have earned the respect of students and their parents.

“I will never be able to own my own home at this rate,” said another, referring to the income she draws as a teacher. According to the National Education Association, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of public school districts still offer their teachers a starting salary below $40,000.

“Tired of being treated like dirt,” a third said.

Joshua Starr, CEO of PDK International, says the survey results are clear: Teachers have reached a “crisis point.”

“I’m not surprised, but I’m shocked,” Starr tells EdSurge. “In the last 20 years, the agenda that has been pushed forward—it’s demonized teachers, dehumanized teachers and focused on standardized tests in math and literacy as the only measures of success. The underfunding of schools, lack of support for kids .... I don’t think anyone should be surprised that we are reaping what we’ve sown in the American public teaching profession.”

Another eye-opening response from the poll: 55 percent of teachers say they would not want their own children to follow in their footsteps and become educators. They point to insufficient compensation and benefits, a lack of respect and appreciation, and stressful work as their explanation.

Read the full article about teachers quitting their jobs by Emily Tate at EdSurge.