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  •  Thank you, EliseMattu (1+ / 0-)
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    Certifiable Genius

    So do I, which is one reason I left a profession I love and care about after 10 years.  Many of us do leave, permanently.  

    I think the recent changes in the profession, particularly since the days of non-President Shrub but also perpetuated to a significant degree under Obama, are particularly difficult to bear for people who care the most about education.  I just cannot do it any more and not feel like I'm living in a pit of hell.  I wish I were strong enough to function every day in the working conditions presented, but I'm not.  It's not the students - although it certainly is a challenge to meet the needs of students these days, they are still wonderful to work with and remain one of the main rewards of the profession - and it isn't my colleagues (aside from most administrators).  It's predominantly interference from a government determined to destroy education.

    •  I'm an elementary school teacher (retired) (1+ / 0-)
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      and I don't know how (or why) I held out until retirement.  

      I'd like to point out that "the recent changes in the profession" affect schools here in Norway in the same way.  More and more paperwork, standardized testing etc.  Less and less are teachers trusted to do their jobs without all kinds of controls and "office time".  

      'Twas bad enough, and increasing, under the prior (Labor) government.  The new far right government is very likely to make it worse.  

      I'm wondering what kind of people, if any, are going to want to be teachers.

      We do, at least, have good unions here.  So far.

      The opposite of pro is con. So what's the opposite of progress?

      by DSPS owl on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 01:56:40 AM PDT

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      •  It is very interesting to hear (0+ / 0-)

        I had no idea the problem was as widespread as this.  It should come as no surprise to me.

        Thank you, DSPS owl, and kudos to you for sticking with the profession.  I hope your unions hold up in Norway.  There are good reasons why teaching is one of the few professions which has unionized, and those reasons certainly aren't going away.

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