World Teachers’ Day 2012
Teachers are one of our most valuable resources, yet we often treat them like a cheap commodity. “Take a Stand for Teachers” is this year’s theme for “World Teachers’ Day.” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) explains World Teachers’ Day: “On this day, we call for teachers to receive supportive environments, adequate quality training as well as ‘safeguards’ for teachers’ rights and responsibilities.”
Here are some national teachers retention statistics from the Business-Higher Education Forum:
* Thirty-three percent of all new teachers leave teaching during the first three years; 46 percent leave in the first five years.
* The rate of attrition is 50 percent higher in poor schools versus wealthy ones.
* The United States spends about $4.9 billion each year to replace teachers.
I wonder why they’re all leaving. On Oct. 5 you can help by making sure your child’s teachers know how important they are to you and your family. Ask them what they need to do their job better, and do what you can to help them get it.