Unhappy Teachers? Not So Much.

Unhappy Teachers? Not So Much.

Popular opinion has it that teachers are long-suffering, embattled, etc. -- that there's a "war" on them, making them unhappy, out of work, and (probably) taking it out on your kids in class.

According to this NYT story, however, a Gallup poll finds that teachers' sense of well-being is second only to doctors -- and that an earlier MetLife poll has just 17 percent of teachers being extremely dissatisfied. (Beleaguered? Not Teachers, Poll on ‘Well-Being’ Finds).

It's no wonder teachers are actually pretty happy with their careers.  The push for reform must be uncomfortable, and to be sure CPS and other districts have done some dumb things.  But the job situation is actually pretty sweet, compared to most other career sectors.  According to this Atlantic Magazine chart, education employment is actually up about 10 percent during the recession -- nationally -- second only to mining.

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  • Apparently not district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, or district299 reader, though.

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    In reply to jack:

    BTW, the group that did the "happy teacher" survey is Gallup, the same group that had Mitt Romney winning the 2012 election. No need to question those numbers!

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    Employment numbers are up for "Education." That does not necessarily mean "teachers."

  • OT-http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php page=4006#comments
    Since Harris Bank is a supporter of the Joyce Foundation and they are doing this unfair -set-up push-poll, it is time to stop supporting Harris Bank. CTU should publish a list of these high coroprate anti-union, anti- pro-charter donors so that we know who to spend money on and who not to give our money to.

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    Teachers are happy with their jobs, because it is meaningful fulfilling work. Teachers are NOT happy with bureaucratic BS, the attack on teachers, nor are they keen on teaching to the tests. The students are the biggest reason teachers are at work everyday. The notion that they would "take it out on the kids" is completely off the mark.

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