An Ask Reddit post asked teachers what was the reason that prompted them to quit. The answers were an eye-opening look into modern education, and how flawed the system truly is.
"I stopped when my annual review with the new program dean focused on the 10% of student reviews that were negative rather than the 90% that were positive. There are too many aggravations working against teachers. At the least, the administration has to have your back," Reddit user allbright1111.
"I once did the math to convert my yearly salary into an hourly wage based solely on the hours spent working (not subtracting all the money I spent to make my classroom workable). I didn't get into teaching for the money, but there's a certain frustration that hits when you realize I would have been better off working full time as a waiter." - Reddit user caBALLERo14.
Uhhh.... What's more valuable? Having someone give your children an education or having someone bring you onion rings?
"I had a 6-year old pull a knife on me while screaming, 'I will kill you!' This was the culmination of a lot of various incidents with the same kid. What was most infuriating was the parents claiming they had the sweetest little boy and that we (the school) must be liars for saying otherwise. Eventually he was transferred to a special school after we filed a report on the various incidents.
"I felt really bad for the kid because when he wasn't freaking out over something, he really would be sweet, asking a ton of questions and participating in the activities. But he was highly prone to sudden burst of rage.
"When I realized that I was being more micromanaged every year. I expected a lot of oversight when I was a new teacher. I actually had more people watching my every move & every word after a Master's Degree & fifteen years experience. I never had a single complaint. Parents & students loved me (even requested me). Administrators needing to justify their jobs were constantly in my classroom or calling pointless meetings to discuss pointless things. I spent less & less time teaching and more & more time filing out meaningless forms, responding to emails, and sitting through meetings," Reddit user good_sandlapper.
Kids aren't learning, but hey, at least those forms are filled out!
"I got placed at a high school with minimal support from other teachers. It was basically an old boys club. They had formed their own cliques and weren't interested in the new folks. Many people were highly judgmental. Honestly, the whole process really did feel like being back in high school. Trying to get oriented in a new school is tough enough when you've got people actively trying to help you.
"Many of the teachers weren't even good with the students. They, the teachers, were smart and knew their stuff, but it seemed like they were jaded to the actual teaching part and riding it out to retirement (some of them "riding out" with 10+ years to go).
"In the end, I decided I didn't want to work with those people, and, as important, didn't want to turn out like them. I got another degree, found an industrial job in my field, and make more than I would have if I had I continued teaching.
"One of the bigger nails in the coffin was when I was pepper sprayed by the school resource officer AFTER myself and another teacher had broken up a fight and were sending students back to class.
"He sprayed to 'disperse the crowd' spraying myself and our female assistant principal in the face and causing three students to have asthma attacks. For as little as I was being paid, I could find a safer place to work where people were less incompetent," Reddit user ncarolinarunner.
Wow. Who wants to send their kids to a school where the teachers are pushed out, but incompetent resource officers can stay?
"I was once told I shouldn't do so many lessons where discussion between students was required. No more Socratic seminars, there had to be more 'material that could be graded.' How fucked up is that? I can't encourage discussion in an English literature class because I can't grade the kids on it," Reddit user Notworththestress.
Apparently, children should be seen reading and not heard talking about what they've been reading?
"I had a parent actually meet me right after the lesson was taught and the students were working to accuse me and their teacher that we weren't giving her child homework and that their kid wasn't bringing any home. Brought out the marking book and showed her the high amount of incompletes and the fact that her child simply wasn't bringing it home or just lying about having homework and not doing it.
"She claimed we fabricated 3 weeks worth of homework checks because we obviously had nothing better to do," Reddit user CanadianMooseRider.
Uh, yeah. The teacher's job is to make up elaborate lies and excuses to specifically target your child, and not to teach or anything, right?
"The MOMENT, looking back, was when I was hospitalized with exhaustion, and my amazing boyfriend, who had been coming over, marking tests and proofing papers every evening for months, lay down on the cold hard hospital floor and slept beside me in case I was upset overnight. I realized that I wanted a life with him, not a dull existence where I poured all of myself into my job and had nothing left for us. I loved teaching but it wanted all of me. Dawn til midnight, seven days a week prepping, marking, planning. I quit. I got a better job. I married that amazing guy and we have an amazing daughter. On weekends we go to the park and play," Reddit user Invisiblequiet.
"Testing was king, but then it became god. In response my district required all teachers at a grade level to teach the same topics, the same way, on the same day. No more cookies. Now I had to use worksheets and constant testing. It was to the point where we told exactly what to say. It was scripted. I argued, loudly. I fought against it, but lost. So, I did it their way. My students hated math and school. There was no joy in it for anyone anymore. Then, I was told I was 'under review' because my test scores were too low. I was at risk of being fired for incompetence. So, I decided to go back to doing things my own way. To fight the system. And then they came to me and informed me that at the next board meeting I was going to be fired for incompetence and insubordination. Lawyers got involved. I wound up resigning," Reddit user TrapperJon.
What's more important? That your students do well on their tests or that they actually have learned the subject you're trying to test them on?