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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Why teachers quit

Student misbehavior is a key reason that teachers leave their jobs, writes Chalkboard Review's Tony Kinnett, who surveyed teachers in the Midwest on June 10.


He asked for "the largest reason you're leaving your position," offering various choices. "Student behavior is poor and left unchecked" was cited by 319 of the 615 responders, followed by 138 for “progressive political activity (Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Critical Race Theory, Gender Identity, etc.) required by administration” and 134 for “salary is insufficient”.


Very few said pressure from parents on curriculum or teaching was a major reason for leaving their jobs.


Seventy-three percent cited student misbehavior, when he asked teachers to fill in the blank on: “I’m not being paid enough to deal with _______.” Another 20 percent listed progressive policies.


A majority of the teachers who responded are union members, Kinnett reports.


He concedes he should have asked about “conservative/Republican education legislation,” rather than assuming that would be covered by “parental concerns,” and provided an opportunity for those who picked "other" to explain their reasons.


The key for me is not the politics, but the effect of classroom chaos on teachers.

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Jul 27, 2022

Putting your kids in Public school is parental negligence.


Prove me wrong.

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Jul 27, 2022

When teachers raise class averages and test scores more than their peers, they are ostracized and berated. Know such a teacher who quit for that reason.

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Jul 28, 2022
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After more than 3 decades as a secondary teacher, I have never known that to be true. I have seen an absolute unwillingness to hold students accountable in meaningful ways, whether for defiant behavior, laziness, etc. The burden is placed back on the teacher to engage those who do not want to work, to find a way to deal with the disruptive--and admin do not care about the harm a disruptive student does to classmates.

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Jul 26, 2022

Miller Smith


I work at one of the most dangerous high schools in Prince George's County Maryland. We had over 230 violent incidences over a 182 day school year.


We were completely unable to fully staff our high school last year. And now even more teachers have left.


Prince George's County Public schools management refuses to even report violent felonies against children committed by adults who illegally entered through the back doors of the building.


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Jul 26, 2022

And this is why charter schools are attractive to parents: school climate may not be ideal (some are too authoritarian, some suffer from high teacher turnover, etc) but at least the worst of student misbehavior is either not present or not tolerated.

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