Why Don’t Schools Give Teachers Enough Time to Use the Restroom? asks Alia Wong in The Atlantic.
Only 15 percent of teachers are enthusiastic about their profession, according to a survey by the American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association. Yet 90 percent said they were enthusiastic when they started.
Three in four teachers surveyed said they “often” feel stressed on the job.
When teachers were asked about “everyday” stressors, “lack of opportunity to use restroom” came in third place behind time pressure and disciplinary issues, notes Wong.
Some teachers avoid drinking water so they won’t need to use the bathroom, she writes.
“Do not drink too much,” wrote the Reddit user schaud2013 about a year ago in the thread “How do teachers find time to use the bathroom in the school day?” The user continued: “I was lucky this year to have prep 2nd hour, then lunch 2 hours later and then 3 hours of classes until the end of the day. If I do have to go, I hold it by focusing on something else and walking around class. That seems to help me.”
This seems like an education problem with a simple solution, writes Wong. A teacher who’s dehydrated — or desperate — is not going to be at her best.