What Causes Teachers To Leave The Profession?

08/31/10 12:10PM By Jane Lindholm
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There's a problem in school classrooms that extends across the country to rural and urban schools, eastern and western. An alarming number of good teachers are quitting the profession. There are many reasons - too little pay, not enough support from administrators or school boards, increasing responsibilities and overwork.

Katy Farber, a teacher at the Rumney Elementary School in Middlesex has written a book about it, called "Why Great Teachers Quit." She interviewed 70 teachers from around the country, some of whom have left teaching; others are sticking it out but with reservations.


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