This needs to be hung next to my desk as inspiration every day. It needs to be shown at every new teacher PD and new teacher program everywhere.
As it is, 33% of teachers quit after their first year and 46% are gone within the first 5 (NEA, Forbes). Teacher satisfaction is at a 20-year low (DoE). New teachers who make it past those first 5 years are becoming discouraged teachers who write articles entitled “A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher“, which garnered 30 pages of sympathetic comments from educators across the country.
Teachers are being forced to be something they’re not- molded into a one-size-fits-all that is reminiscent of the education system people are so quick to criticize- just because it used to work or it looks like it will work on paper.
So we need to pass on Ira’s lesson to beginning teachers. Beginning teachers need colleagues who are gracious and supportive as they find their way. Because sooner rather than later, we will find our way.