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    • A great number of teachers are ‘unhappy’ in their jobs.
    • Harris Interactive conducted a survey for Metlife that found that public school teachers’ job satisfaction has reached plummeting levels as reported by the Metlife Survey of the American Teacher.
    • Teacher satisfaction is the lowest it has been in 20 years. The proportion of teachers that had been satisfied with their jobs decreased by 15% in only two years.
    • Out of all the teachers surveyed, only 41% allege being very satisfied in their profession as opposed to 59% in 2009.
    • Layoffs over the past several years have negatively affected the sense of job security that teachers once had.
    • Many other factors contribute to teachers’ low satisfaction for their jobs including: staff layoffs, elimination of after-school programs, lack of updated educational technology, deteriorating conditions in school buildings and grounds, witnessing students coming to school hungry.
    • Forbes ranks ‘teaching’ as one of the unhappiest jobs as reported by Jeff Dunn on April 4, 2013.


All of this is very disappointing and disheartening. Teaching is such a crucial and invaluable piece to the development of our young people. It would seem that some of the things contributing to teachers being ‘unhappy’, could be significantly decreased, but how? What can parents do to help stop the elimination of after-school programs? What can be done to help schools update educational technology? How can teachers, parents and students play a role in helping their schools with this? How unfair it is that students and teachers suffer because of deteriorating conditions in school buildings? Is there anything that teachers, parents and students can do about that? Sadly, some families are on the brink of starvation, if not already there. What can be done to ensure that more students receive breakfast at school, when they are unable to eat at home?

Teachers often face danger when they come to work. They shouldn’t have to, but they often do. Especially in this day and age with all the school shootings.(which could be a whole other post) How can teachers be expected to come to work and be ‘happy’ about it, when they often fear that danger may or may not happen? Police officers use to reign supreme in terms of a profession that ‘fear’ was and is an eminent part of. Unfortunately, teaching has now joined that rank. I’d say teachers have a lot to be dissatisfied or ‘unhappy’ about. All these are very tough questions and to answer any of them is definitely a daunting task, but we have to start somewhere. Maybe it should begin with you and me!


By Sylvia Porter-Hall



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Levi Thetford
    Jul 18, 2014 @ 02:12:13

    I think you’re right young lady! Hope you’re doing good Sylvia 😀



  2. D'aller Naturel
    Jul 18, 2014 @ 22:28:44

    It’s so true. I remember that I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger but found out there were safer (and more lucrative professions which still allowed you to make a difference.



    • sporterhall
      Jul 19, 2014 @ 03:12:42

      Wow! I guess the important thing at the end of the day is that you are doing what you love!.It’s too bad that so many dynamics tie into the role of ‘teaching’ and have made the profession very hard to love. And what a shame, being that it is such a critical and necessary foundation. Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts! 🙂



  3. Myra Torres
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 14:20:09

    I know a post grad student at Cornell, who is the first of her family to go to college. She grew up in rural poverty in NY. One of her fondest memories was finding a concealed jar of peanut butter and crackers in her backpack every Friday. This gesture motivated and inspired her to value her educators as “Godmothers”. There is deep recognition about teaching but perhaps its not in the statistics.



    • sporterhall
      Jul 21, 2014 @ 00:44:49

      Hello Myra. I agree with you totally. The numbers definitely do not reflect how much ‘teaching’ pulls at the heartstrings and how inspirational and life-changing this profession can be; not only for the teachers, but the students, patents, etc. Thank you so much for commenting!



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