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6:28 PM on March 14, 2016
Hi. I completely understand where you're coming from. I was in teaching for some eight years and left completely traumatised. My issues were numerous; the last contact I had at a school I had been at for some four years was a nightmare. shocking behavioural management issues; management turning against me, and certain teachers in one of the departments making it very clear that i was not wanted. these teachers were ideologically driven, as the education system is full of lefties/marxists. this school never asked me back and gave me no reason whatsoever. I spent the following year with no work and suffering from some sort of ptsd from the bullying i received from students, the screaming, the humiliation, the mocking, the lies, the abuse etc etc etc. and nothing i did was good enough, even though i worked my guts out. my teaching career is finished and the education system in this country can go to hell. if i had children i would home school them, no doubt about that. make the decision that is right for you and while you're still young. i'm lucky i found another line of work that is far less stressful and although sure it is not as 'exciting' as teaching, i don't go to bed dreading the next day or having nightmares.
Reply Disillusioned and fed up
3:32 AM on March 13, 2016
I'm not particularly sure where to post comments, but I'm just going to post my thoughts here about my first year of teaching.
After teaching my first year and starting my second year, I have come to conclusion that teaching is horrendous. The only thing that has kept me staying in teacher is my fellow staff members of whom are great. I'm going go through the major problems of how I see it, from a younger perspective.
Firstly the workload, it's just stupid. When I first started teaching I was enthusiastic about it, eager to pre-pare my lessons and interested. However, it took about a term before I really didn't care. I was so overworked, I lost all my enthusiasm, I did not care what I was teaching or how I taught it, as long as I was ticking the right boxes so admin would stay off my back. All I could think about is, how can I make the work load less severe. I hope more graduates start to quit, so the system realises that this is A HUGH issue. I encourage people to quit. Because why waste your life, working so hard for little pay in comparison, when the only thanks you get, is some student giving you the finger?
At staff meetings, I hear members of admin encouraging teachers to work harder, saying bullsh@# about teaching is one of the better paid jobs. Who honestly, would, believe that! The deadlines are ridiculous and unrealistic. At times I've been encouraged to give up lunch breaks and not to eat to make sure I get the work done, from admin. I just flat out said no. I already come in early in the mornings and leave late in the afternoons, with still copious amounts of work left, that I 'need' to get done
I felt like I wasted quite a few years of my life studying teaching, as the pay to work ratio is so out of whack, it's ridiculous. This is coming from someone who got full-time work straight away out of uni, and was told, they have the potential to be a great teacher (apparently).
I can't wait until I quit, I'm just waiting to get the right opportunity. The school I work at is great, it's supportive and the staff are great as well. The only problem is EQ itself, it's just utterly broke.
Honestly, just quit and find something better.
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