Opinion
Education Letter to the Editor

‘Disheartened’ Educators: New Study Misses Much

November 09, 2009 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

A new study by Public Agenda and Learning Point Associates, “Teaching for a Living: How Teachers See the Profession Today,” described in your In Perspective article “State of Mind” (Oct. 21, 2009), may be a fair assessment of the way the teaching population characterizes itself. But it omits the ever-present influence of boards of education, teachers’ unions, and the voting public on teachers’ attitudes toward their profession.

For a school to function in a way that proves satisfactory to all its constituents, partnerships are the most effective working arrangements between these groups. Collaboration improves communication and relationships, which results in a collective focus on student success. If any of these three constituencies begins to lose confidence in the others, the result can turn dismal right away.

If 40 percent of teachers surveyed are deemed “disheartened” because of lack of support, it cannot be the fault of poor administration alone. Boards of education, as well as average citizens, should not ignore the negative impact that blunt, baseless criticism has on educators. It is also essential that policymakers recognize that, as they create legislation that forces longer careers, decreased retirement annuities, and more testing, such actions will rapidly add more teaches to the ranks of the disheartened.

Samuel E. Yusim

Skokie, Ill.

A version of this article appeared in the November 11, 2009 edition of Education Week as ‘Disheartened’ Educators: New Study Misses Much

Events

Mathematics Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Breaking the Cycle: How Districts are Turning around Dismal Math Scores
Math myth: Students just aren't good at it? Join us & learn how districts are boosting math scores.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
How To Tackle The Biggest Hurdles To Effective Tutoring
Learn how districts overcome the three biggest challenges to implementing high-impact tutoring with fidelity: time, talent, and funding.
Content provided by Saga Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Reframing Behavior: Neuroscience-Based Practices for Positive Support
Reframing Behavior helps teachers see the “why” of behavior through a neuroscience lens and provides practices that fit into a school day.
Content provided by Crisis Prevention Institute

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: March 20, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 13, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: February 21, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: February 7, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read