“Teachers today are more satisfied, optimistic and encouraged than at any time during the last 25 years,” writes Sandy Kress in the Dallas Morning News. He cites the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher.
•In 2008, a full six years after No Child Left Behind was signed into law, the number of teachers who were “very satisfied” with teaching as a career reached an all-time high of 62 percent. This is up from 40 percent in 1984.
•Teachers are also more likely to advise a young person to pursue a career in teaching, from 45 percent in 1984 to 75 percent in 2008. This demonstrates not only career satisfaction, but also optimism for the future of the profession.
•Parents and school reformers alike will be delighted at the doubling of the number of teachers who rate schools’ academic standards as “excellent” – 53 percent today from a paltry 26 percent in 1984.
Fifty-four percent of teachers say that at least three-quarters of their students arrive able to tackle grade-level material. That’s up from 44 percent.
Teachers also were more likely to give high marks for quality teaching materials and supplies and physical facilities. They were more likely to say they have strong parental and community support.
Surprising. I guess the happy teachers are the quiet teachers.