By Craig Erwin, Ph.D.
Universities have always had low turnover, and that continues for the most part. But it’s a different story in K-12 schools where an unprecedented number of teachers are quitting their jobs. Are they dropping out of the workforce? No; they are taking jobs outside teaching. They are burned out, underpaid, and overworked (thanks to Covid-19). Where are they going? To all sorts of industries, most paying substantially more than teaching. Although industries that attract teachers are benefitting, schools are suffering. Sadly, former teachers are unlikely to return to teaching; they make too much money in their new jobs (often with fewer headaches and less stress).
Do you know someone who has quit teaching in the past couple of years? If so, why did they quit and where did they go? Have you considered quitting your job in the past two years? If so, why?
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