Who Will Teach Our Children?

More teachers are leaving classrooms in order to retire or through resignation.  These teachers cite sever reasons for this:

  • a new teacher evaluation system
  • holding educators solely responsible for the achievement level of their students without holding the students or their parents equally responsible.
  • the implementation of the “common core” standards without adequate field testing or the distribution of supplies, curricula and materials aligned to those standards.

In Albuquerque, NM retirements are up 19 percent and resignations are up 13 percent over the previous year.  The bump in retirements couldn’t happen at a worse time as districts are attempting to hire additional personnel to meet class size limits.  The teachers that are leaving are taking with them their years of experience as well as the costs incurred by the district in training them.