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How Teachers Really Feel About Their Jobs

By: Krystle Crossman

Teachers don’t get into their profession for the money. They don’t get into it to be famous. They choose teaching as a career path because they love it. They love being a part of a student’s life and make a difference in their education. The problem is that they don’t feel that anyone appreciates the work that they do, and they are right. A teacher’s work is thoroughly underrated. Many teachers don’t want glowing recognition but to know that they are valued within the school.

The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) conducted a survey with educators from 34 different countries around the world. They were curious to see how they felt about their jobs. They found that the answers from the teachers in America were pretty consistent with other surveys that had been done before such as the Gallup Poll. The international educators had slightly different results. Here are some of the things that they found:

– Teachers in America work roughly 45 hours per week. Out of those 45 hours, 27 are spent in the classroom actually teaching. The rest of the time is preparation and grading. International educators however only spend 19 hours in the classroom and they work roughly 38 hours per week. Are the teachers really able to make the most of their time in the classroom?

– There are only 34% of teachers in America that feel that they are valued for what they do. Overall the job satisfaction rate was 90%, but when it came to feeling valued the numbers dropped significantly. Another study conducted by Scholastic found that only one in 20 teachers thought that they were actually heard by others outside of the classroom.

– International teachers stated that they had roughly 20% of their students who were from low-income or impoverished families. In the U.S. that number went up to 30%. Only 62% of these teachers in the U.S. said that they were able to get the kids from the lower income homes to cooperate with the classes. This number rose to 70% for international students.

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