The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 2001 · Page 12
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A12 FRIDAY. MAY 4. 2001 EDUCATION THE SALINA JOURNAL • NATIONAL TEACHER DAY Recognition day for smaller group Numbers show it's not so much teacher shortage as turnover By Scripps Howard News Service Richard IngersoU knew when he became a high school teacher he wouldn't make much money But he was stunned enough by the discipline problems and lack of respect that he left teaching after seven years. "How many jobs are there in which the employee is really required to put up with verbal abuse on a regular basis and has little he's allowed to do about it?" he asked. Ingersoll is among legions who became teachers, only to flee the profession within a few years. On May 8 — National Teacher Day — the celebration will be for a rapidly depleting breed. With more than 1 million teachers nearing retirement and a growing supply of students to teach, America will need 2 million new teachers in the next decade. While many have focused on recruiting new teachers, the shortage is akin to filling a bucket with water despite a hole in the bottom. New teachers are recruited, only to leave within a few years, scared off by the pressures and lack of respect for the career. Of those hired to be first-time teachers, 20 percent flee the job within three years. In urban districts, nearly 50 percent of newcomers leave the profession during their first five years of teaching. Veteran teachers leave, too. In a typical year, roughly 6 percent of U.S. teachers leave the profession. More than 7 percent change schools. Ingersoll, who has studied the recruitment and retention issue and is an education professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said the shortage is larger in ur­ ban and rural areas, but the problem of teachers leaving the profession goes across the board. "The problem is there's not too few teachers willing to do it, but too many leaving," he said. "There's not so much a shortage as turnover. The term we use is 'the revolving door.' " Some of these teachers go on to different schools, but others leave the profession for personal reasons or for more lucrative careers. "These teachers are being scooped up by other organizations and other corporations," said Segun Eubanks of the National Education Association. Responding to the need Schools are beginning to respond to the need to keep teachers. Some districts assign veteran mentors to new teachers. California offers teachers a tax credit. In Chicago Public Schools, a teacher-retention unit teaches principals the best strategies to keep teachers, studies why teachers leave and conducts exit interviews of teachers leaving the system. IngersoU said most people leave teaching for four reasons: low salaries, the demands of disciplining students, the feeling they lack input in decisions made in the schools and a lack of support by administration. "If we did these things," he said, "we'd slow down the revolving door, and the so-called teacher shortages would quickly decrease." Alfie Kohn, author of "The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and Tougher Standards," says the problem may be exacerbated by the current emphasis on testing students. Teachers, he said, are frustrated to have to prepare kids for a test rather than use their teaching talents. Often, the most talented teachers bail, while mediocre teachers remain. « # » a* » «t TWO For "THE COBRA- HANDLE WALL SAVER* Enjoy Wall Saver® convenience with smart traditional styling. In a carefree fabric with big button-tufted pillow bacl< and extra-thick pillow seat. "PHANTOM" HIDE-A-CHAISE ROCKER RECLINER Traditional comfort never loolc so good.The button-tufted bacl< and pillow padded arms provide the perfect combination of Comfort and style. • • • Lane Lane Lane Lane Lane Lane ON SELECTED STYLES ONLY "GANCBUSTER" HIDE-A-CHAISE ROCKER RECUNER This HIde-A-Chaise recliner is coming-out with a BANG! Featuring a deeply padded bacl< with sheer stitching, large pillow arms and a thictc box seat. So talce a load off and let the "Gangbuster" do the rest. »#«»« «»..«s ® #,# ® « ® « Jilka Furniture Mon. - FrI. 9-5:30 Sat. 9-5 To order call: 785-827-7171 132 S.Sth • 131 S. Santa Fe Q&A everyday, in the Salina Journal. THREE DAYS ONLY! RffiAY, SATURDAY & SUMf TAKE AN EXTRA 25% OFF ALREADY REDUCED i m SPRING APPAREL MISSES • PETITES • WOMEN'S JUNIORS • MEN'S • CHILDREN'S HOMESTORE , Example s Kxcludc.'^ Shoes & Mens Jk'tler (."olleclioiis. For Your Convenience We Accept Your Dillard's, Visa, AAasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carle Blanche, Or Diner's Club Card.. SHOP TODAY 10 A.M. - 9 P.MJ

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