Over the next four years, more than a third of the nation’s 3.2 million teachers could retire, depriving classrooms of experienced instructors and straining taxpayer-financed retirement systems, according to a new report.
The problem is aggravated by high attrition among rookie teachers, with one of every three new teachers leaving the profession within five years, a loss of talent that costs school districts millions in recruiting and training expenses, says the report, by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, a nonprofit research advocacy group.
“The traditional teaching career is collapsing at both ends,” the report says. “Beginners are being driven away” by low pay and frustrating working conditions, and “accomplished veterans who still have much to contribute are being separated from their schools by obsolete retirement systems” that encourage teachers to move from paycheck to pension when they are still in their mid-50s, the report says. . . .
Now with the Dunc's $5 billion ready to hand out to those states willing to embrace the cheap teacher-temp model with its prominent pay-per-score features, you can bet that those teachers who have retirement plans will be eager to get out with their retirements while the getting is good. And those who want to teach, rather than become parrots in testing work camps, will forego the Business Roundtable's opportunity to oversee the stupidification of American children. And the unacknowledged loss of America's best teachers from the testing chain gangs that were formed when Bush came to town will continue, leaving those whose love of the teaching script offers the clearest proof for their lack of fitness to teach. Meanwhile, the poorest children will continue to suffer as the neoliberal reform agenda continues to distract from the problem of poverty that the oligarchs will not address.