teachers want to teach. they don't want to be told what to teach. they don't want to give bad standardized tests. they don't want to teach to the test. they want to teach. they want to make money. they don't want to have to work two jobs. they will be better teachers if they don't have to work two jobs. they want to stay teachers. they don't want to leave the profession after 2 or 3 years. teaching is hard and it takes time to get good at it. teaching isn't easy. teaching is a craft. teaching is an art. teaching is important. teaching is important. teaching is important. without teachers and without public schools, where would you be? where would your kids be? support teachers and support public schools in every state always and forever.
in our fine hoosier state, there is a teaching crisis. enrollment in teaching programs is down. many teachers are leaving within their first 5 years of teaching. pay is not good. teacher evaluations are heavy-handed and lack common sense. state tests are poorly designed. merit pay is a joke...and we wonder why teachers are leaving.