Get Ready for the Great Teacher Exodus

“autonomy, mastery and purpose are what motivate 21st century workers”
Interesting and highly relevant point! I am fortunate enough to have these things in my current teaching job, but I don’t know how long I’d last without them.

Public Education Today

My column appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday, September 16. Here’s the link, but since it’s behind the paywall, I’m pasting it below.

Stevenson: Get ready for the great teacher exodus

By Sara Stevenson – Special to the American-Statesman

If teachers are the most important school factor in student achievement, how do our current policies and national conversation help us to grow and retain better teachers? Tenured Stanford University professor Eric Hanushek wants us to fire “bad teachers,” but we should worry more about keeping the good ones. This year my public middle school lost a wave of talent.

To those, such as Wendy Kopp of Teach For America, who believe that experience doesn’t matter, why are our new teachers cautioned, before Back to School Night, not to tell the parents they’re a first-year teacher? Studies cited in Dana Goldstein’s “The Teacher Wars” show that first-year teachers underperform experienced…

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