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Teaching—an important job, but a challenging work environment

June 10, 2019

EPI writers Emma Garcia and Elaine Weiss offer some thoughtful insights linking working conditions to retention. One point they miss: the need to tech-to-the-test limits the opportunities for teachers to determine what and how they teach… and that limitation reinforces the notion that teachers are not professionals who can be trusted to do their work independently. Their closing sentences are on point!

It is not to be missed that school climate is shaped by larger societal forces such as poverty, segregation, and inequality—and that the climate, the inequities in education, and the shortage greatly reflect the underfunding in education and public policy more broadly. Problems here converged because teachers’ and students’ needs go hand with hand. Clearly, children are not put first when their teachers’ working conditions are let be so distressing.

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