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  •  teacher burnout - stats? here you go! (4.00)
    They say that if teachers make it through their first 5 years, they are likely to make a career out of teaching. I think I've read statistics that say roughly 1/2 of all teachers under this 5 year bracket leave the profession.

    Something folks haven't brought up is the cost of attrition for the school system. The more of a revolving door a school has, due to low pay, usually, the more money they have to spend on trying to find and hire newbies.

    Take a look at this pdf report from the Nat'l Center for Education Statistics, page 12 (public) and 13 (private). This report breaks down who stays, moves, or leaves by yrs. teaching, age, sex, teaching status, main assignment fields, region, school level, school enrollment, and minority enrollment.

    Roughly 50% of those in 1-3 yrs. of teaching public school are "leavers" if they make less than $30,000. The percentage of leavers increases sharply to 72% for 1-9  yrs. of teaching private school if they make less than $30,000. Yikes!

    Take a look at just these two pages of the report to see some interesting convergences between pay and age/sex/region.

    Note to social studies teachers: according to this report, you are the least likely assignment field to leave because of low pay (under $30,000)

    •  page 18 is good, too (4.00)
      Page 18 of this report lists % of public/private school teachers who rated various reasons as very or extremely important why they are leaving the profession.

      And what's the order of regions in relation to the % of teachers quitting for want of better pay/benefits? Surprise, surprise:

      South - 21.1
      West - 19
      Northeast - 18.3
      Midwest - 15.5

    •  ok, only one more, i promise! (none)
      I'm a night owl, what can I say? I'm going to absolutely die on Tuesday when I go back to work. Ack. Who created the 8-5 workday, anyway?

      Table 14, Page 25 seems to answer some of the questions raised here about teaching v. other types of jobs in pay, prestige, benefits, safety, etc.

      Participants rated their current work as better than teaching, not better than teaching, or no difference. Interesting. Those items rated overall highest in the "better" than teaching (public) when compared to their current job:

      intellectual challenge
      opportunities for professional dev
      professional prestige
      general work conditions
      manageability of workload
      autonomy or control over own work
      influence over workplace politics/practices
      availability of resources for doing job
      recognition/support from managers/admin
      opportunities to work with colleagues
      opportunities for advancement

      note: bolded items are the highest rated % of this list

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