A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:
Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That’s on par with nurses and physicians. And, roughly half of teachers agree with this statement: “The stress and disappointments involved in teaching at this school aren’t really worth it.”
It’s a problem for all of us — not just these unhappy teachers.
Here’s why: “Between 30 and 40 percent of teachers leave the profession in their first five years,” says Mark Greenberg, a professor of human development and psychology at Penn State.
Greenberg has studied America’s schools for more than 40 years, and, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (also an NPR funder), he helped author the new brief exploring teacher stress.
He says teachers feel frazzled for many reasons, including high-stakes testing and the fact that many students are themselves coming to school stressed. As for the fixes, Greenberg recommends a few.