Where are all the teachers going?
I was reading the comments on Sara's blog post about Mervo high school -- the one with the boxing -- and one of the comments stuck out.
One of the commenters stated that she is a Baltimore City teacher who was ready to throw in the towel. I immediately thought about a friend of mine -- a former colleague here at The Sun -- who is now enrolled in a law school in Oregon. She told me that one of her classmates is a former Baltimore City teacher. Small world...
We education reporters hear that the retention among teachers is pretty bad, to say the least. More than 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession in the first five years, according to statistics by the Maryland State Teacher's Association.
In all of the reporting that I have done, pay seems to be a big factor. Whenever the teacher’s union -- in school systems that I have covered -- has made a case for more money they always point to retention.
I just want to know where all the former teachers are going to work? Are they going to law school like the current Oregon student? Are they doing some other form of community-related work? Or are they going for the big bucks in the private sector?
Are you a former school teacher who switched gears? Is the pasture greener on the other side of the fence? Do you miss the classroom? Do you feel that you made a difference?
1:30 p.m. UPDATE: Appears that this post has been quite a talker. One of the commenters appears to be the classmate of the former co-worker that I alluded to yesterday.