Gates survey reveals teacher attitudes, challenges

Earlier to this week, Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, a report that details teacher attitudes about a number of issues relevant to the profession.

Similar to their colleagues in other states, North Carolina teachers identified four main challenges, including

  • Changing demands on both teachers and students (87%);
  • Limited earning potential (74%);
  • Too-large class sizes (45%); and
  • Lack of time to collaborate with colleagues (42%).

But despite these challenges, most North Carolina teachers said that they were content.

Notably, 74% of North Carolina teachers agree that the rewards of teaching outweigh the challenges. Further, the majority of North Carolina teachers feel gratified by their careers, with a full 77% saying they are either satisfied (57%) or very satisfied (20%) in their profession.

After I wrote about results from last year’s Scholastic survey, I received emails from disgruntled teachers and an acrimonious college professor.  If you call into one or both of these categories, you know how to contact me.

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