20 Years...Have Things Changed?
In 1992, Metropolitan Life Insurance did a survey of 1000 teachers who began teaching in the fall of 1990. Some relevant results to ponder:
At that time, Washington D.C. School's Superintendent described the survey results as "sort of predictable."
- 93% believed before they began teaching that "all children can learn." That dropped to 86% after two years.
- 83% felt at first they could "really make a difference in the lives of their students," but this dropped to 71%
- 28% said before teaching that "many children come to school with so many problems it's difficult for them to be good students," then increased to 50%
- 25% said their experience with parents has been satisfying
- 19% of the teachers plan to quit in 5 years, with 40% of these citing lack of parental support as the main reason
So, now it is 2010...what has changed? For one, more than 50% of the mathematics teachers will leave the profession sometime in their first five years. Second, the observed trends would be amplified...as that,unfortunately, is "sort of predictable."
Source: USA Today, 1992