It’s Expensive When Teachers Quit
Half my department
Left by the end of the year
People don’t like it
Be glad to leave if I could
Old timer after two years
I wrote that poem about last year. Turns out we are on an even stronger pace this year. Today two teachers quit in my department. Another left a couple months ago. Overall at the school morale is low. This might be more about my school than about the profession of teaching. But I have found, in the three schools where I have taught, that either the kids are crazy and out of control, or the administration has a control fetish and treats teachers like dim-witted 10 year olds.
In any case, both of these contribute to teachers leaving the profession. And it costs a lot of money when we do that. According to a report by the Alliance for Excellent Education, which summarizes a number of other studies, the annual cost to “hire, recruit, and train replacement teachers” is $7.34 BILLION. And this leaves out all sorts of other costs, not the least of which is the impact on students.
As I have suggested before, maybe what the Education Administration Establishment would lose in control, they would more than make up in holding on to experienced teachers who want to be there because they are treated like professionals. It isn’t only about the kids. This is also about you, and your career, and your family, and your peace of mind.
Here is a good article I found about teacher retention, why we leave, and what schools can do.