Wanted: Extraordinary Teachers for North Carolina!

Dear Readers,

Happy Halloween! Thanks for joining me for my last blog posts on teacher salaries within and throughout North Carolina. Over the past few weeks, I have discussed the issues surrounding low teacher salaries and more recently discussed the political actions that are taking place today by the state legislative officials. Please feel free to check out those posts for more information!

Today, I will briefly review the battle that teachers continue to face, even after the executive ruling was made to increase public school teachers salaries- an increase that, in my opinion, was greatly overdue and still short of what is needed.  Public school teachers become educators because they are passionate about educating young minds and become the heart of the classrooms, most often inspiring young students.  However, they are receiving salaries that do not compensate for their hard work and most teachers are finding it difficult to support themselves and their families from the little that they earn.  Additionally, a great number of teachers feel the need to purchase school supplies each year using their own money since the school’s throughout the state aren’t left with enough budget to do so themselves.  According to a recent article, 91 percent of teachers used some of their own money to pay for school supplies, and 38 percent used only their own money.

Another key issue as a result from low salaries is the high percentage of teacher turnover rate in the state.  A recent report from the Department of Public Instruction showed that last year’s turnover rate in North Carolina increased significantly with the highest rate over the last five years.  From March 2012 and March 2013, approximately 13,616 teachers left their school districts, a rate that amounts to a 14.33 percent. With a shortage in teachers comes a need to recruit new teachers quickly, a consequence that leaves the state obtaining inexperienced, under qualified teachers. 

Even after a salary boost by legislative officials, teachers are still finding it difficult to stay in the career field and often leave all together.  What are your thoughts with this issue and what do you think could be done to fix it?  Please leave your thoughts and comments below!

Thank you,

Girl # 3

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3 thoughts on “Wanted: Extraordinary Teachers for North Carolina!

  1. ajnguyen97 says:

    This was a really great post! Regarding your question, I think the only way to reduce teacher turnover rates is to make the actual teaching job more attractive. Low salaries are definitely a major factor in deciding whether to leave or stay, but I also think there are other reasons since the recent legislation in North Carolina seems to have little to no beneficial effect. I believe teachers are not respected enough in the educational system. Teachers have practically no influence on the decisions that affect their teaching. When I was in high school, I remember many of my teachers complaining about the curriculum they were forced to teach. The school system makes teachers only teach topics that are on tests with little leeway into teaching topics that are interesting or can be applied to the real world. This relationship between the school system and teachers gives the schools all the power to do whatever they want. If school systems give teachers more of a say in deciding what and how they teach instead of forcing them into a formula, then the job of teaching would be more attractive and more teachers would stay.

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    • 3girl4education says:

      Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed my post and appreciate you taking the time to comment! Yes, I absolutely agree with your statement. The lack of respect for teachers throughout the school system has really gone down hill and is clearly having rippling effects into multiple aspects of thier job-especially regarding salaries. It is sad to think that our government does’nt want to reach outside the box and the “standard formula” of the material we teach to expand the minds of young children and inspire them to learn material outside standardized tests.

      I do not know this as fact, but I am pretty sure that our countries give teachers the power to chose the curriculum they teach (to an extent) in order to challenge the students minds and apply real world skills. Maybe this is why the US is way behind the success rate of our countries.

      -Girl 3

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  2. JD says:

    I love your blog post! It saddens me greatly that education is so poorly valued in our state, especially given the strides we made in academic excellence over the last few centuries. When I think of the founding fathers of UNC, for example, I form an association with the ancient Greeks and their need to philosophize the world and our relationship to it. I believe it was out of this neo-Renaissance humanism that our state has seen some truly wonderful teachers, who have passed on their methods for inspiring and fostering an amazing educational opportunity for everyone to younger pupils. However, the effects of a lack of respect by our state politicians, and public in general, for such teachers are devastating. Our future generations rely on teachers to understand their role in the world, and without proper guidance, I feel as though their ability to learn for the future becomes hindered.

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