Even before the pandemic, teachers were feeling burnt out and demoralized. For many, it seems the sudden changes in recent months—prolonged school closures, emergency distance learning and the politicization of school reopenings—have only pushed them closer to a breaking point.
In a recent survey of 1,200 educators conducted by Teachers Pay Teachers, an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original education resources, 47 percent said they had considered making a major job-related change in the last month. For 17 percent, that could mean a complete career change—away from teaching. Another 12 percent have considered a leave of absence. Nine percent have thought of retiring, and 8 percent are looking into teaching a “pod,” or small group of students paid for privately by parents.
This is not good news for the education field, which was already experiencing a nationwide teacher shortage prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.