It’s complicated because there are various reasons. One thing I’ll gladly divulge: I’m one of at least 543 teachers leaving my school system, and the system will be scrambling to fill positions for next year. I know of several teachers not returning to my school. That school is just not a conducive environment for brand spanking new teachers, especially those that teach 9th graders.
If I return to teaching, I want to be a little older and wiser with at least a Master’s in Education. I spoke with an administrator in my school system who told me that s/he quit after their first year, then taught college level before returning to public school to eventually become an administrator. I’m sure I’ve been bitten by the teaching bug, but I’ve got some other things to do first.
Also, No Child Left Behind is a terrible joke because making Adequate Yearly Progress is really not all that. How about Bush should require every parent to volunteer 5 hours per school year in their child’s school? That would make a big difference, especially if some of those parents (even just 5%) decided, “I’m needed around the school, so I’ll continue volunteering.”
getting off the soapbox
I will stay in touch with plenty of my kids, even after the new year begins and they can’t come visit me in the morning or afternoon.
Thanks for the compliment on the goals. I’m trying to make some things happen if I can get off this website. It’s addictive.