First in class: No gold star for top Kiwi teachers?
Our best and brightest young teachers are leaving the profession because of frustrations over too much paperwork, insufficient pay and a lack of career options in front of classrooms. A Canterbury University…
This is an ongoing problem in our schools. Retaining teachers needs to be a priority, however, because expert teachers and experienced teachers cost more money for the government to employ than beginning teachers do, there will be no intensives to stay on in education more than one can put up with.
Education certainly isn’t as it used to be, and I wouldn’t hesitate to say that even in the five years I have been teaching, there has been a heightened emphasis on assessment and data than ever before. And it’s not making teaching any better. It merely just takes up time and effort. Something that is becoming increasingly difficult to find these days.
It has come to the point where I don’t think I would go out of my way to encourage anyone to become a teacher today. It’s a pretty sorry state when those in the business can’t recommend it to others who could, or even should, become teachers.