To many teach­ers, ca­reer has failed

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY BEN WOLF­GANG

Stu­dents aren’t the only ones who hate go­ing to school.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of teach­ers don’t like their jobs and are con­sid­er­ing a new line of work, ac­cord­ing to a ma­jor sur­vey by Metlife.

The study, which sam­pled more than 1,000 in­struc­tors in kinder­garten through 12th grade, found that only 44 per­cent of Amer­i­can public school teach­ers are “very sat­is­fied” with their jobs, down 15 per­cent­age points from 2009 and the low­est fig­ure in more than 20 years.

Nearly 30 per­cent of teach­ers — up from 17 per­cent in 2009 — are now “very or fairly likely” to leave the pro­fes­sion en­tirely, the re­port shows. Metlife of­fi­cials said the poll was the first to re­flect how the re­cent eco­nomic down­turn and cut­backs in public spend­ing have af­fected teach­ers.

Teach­ers’ job sat­is­fac­tion is at its low­est level since 1989, and the de­cline has ac­cel­er­ated since Pres­i­dent Obama took of­fice in 2009. That year, 59 per­cent of teach­ers said they were happy with their jobs and 17

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