Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to its lowest level in 25 years, from 62 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2012 – a total of 23 points, according to the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, released on Thursday. In addition, teachers reporting low levels of job satisfaction were more likely to be working in schools with shrinking budgets, fewer opportunities for professional development, and less time allotted for teacher collaboration. More than one-half of teachers report feeling under great stress several days per week, as opposed to one-third in 1985.
The survey—the 29th in an annual series commissioned by MetLife and conducted by Harris Interactive1— examines the views of teachers on challenges facing schools, budget and resources, professional satisfaction, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
“The survey’s findings underscore the responsibilities and challenges educators must address to ensure America’s young people are prepared to compete and collaborate in the global economy,” said Dennis White, vice president of corporate contributions for MetLife. “We hope the findings of this survey will help us all pose and address questions about school leadership that can turn challenges into opportunities for better student achievement.”
Teachers have more and more responsibility dumped on them with few or no job protections, while the administrators who dump it on them have no accountability but ironclad job security.