Now you're finished... and you're leaving teaching, just like the vast, vast majority of your TFA peers.
Why is that?
Yeah, sounds like just the sort of life you imagined for yourself after graduating from an Ivy-plus...In the midst of a continuing recession, beginning K-12 teachers are considerably more likely to be working multiple jobs, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics.The data show that 22 percent of secondary teachers and nearly 24 percent of elementary teachers worked multiple jobs simultaneously as of 2009, compared with only 14.5 percent of those not in teaching. Teachers were also more likely to be enrolled in college or graduate school classes while working, 24.3 percent compared to 21.2 percent of nonteachers. That echoes reports from teachers in Palm Beach County, Fla., and elsewhere that new teachers in particular are having more difficulty living on their teaching salary alone.As middle school teacher Kris L. Nielsen of Charlotte, N.C., wrote in a recent Teacher blog:"I'm teetering on the poverty line myself, always running out of money by the third week of the month. ... I have no health coverage for my family, because it would cost over a quarter of my pay. My take-home pay is roughly equivalent to that of a full-time customer service manager at Walmart. I make less if you take into account the hours I work."
Remember back in 2009 when we were told we just absolutely had to pay big bonuses to failed financial institutions like AIG?
“We cannot attract and retain the best and the brightest talent to lead and staff the A.I.G. businesses — which are now being operated principally on behalf of American taxpayers — if employees believe their compensation is subject to continued and arbitrary adjustment by the U.S. Treasury,” he wrote Mr. Geithner on Saturday.Funny how multi-million dollar compensation packages that aren't tied to performance were critical so the financial sector could attract "talent"...
... but paying teachers a living middle-class wage is something we just can't afford.
Thurston, let's hire a teacher to mow the lawn!