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Study: Tucson teachers chalk up job dissatisfaction to long hours, low pay

A study of local teachers showed that nearly 30 percent don't think they'll be working in Southern Arizona classrooms five years from now, with 86 percent of those surveyed unlikely to recommend that others enter the professions, the nonprofit group Tucson Values Teachers said Thursday.
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Jan 10, 2014, 3:28 pm
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I find this story disturbing, but hardly surprising. And, I can tell you this is hardly anything new.

When you’re almost 40 years old as I am, you look back on your childhood and many things from that time look different when seen through the eyes of someone with 25 or 30 years more of life experience. That said, I now see that many of my teachers were miserable in their job. I don’t know if it was just a lack of pay, bad working conditions, long hours, dissatisfaction with the work itself, or maybe one or two of them were just born assholes. But, something was definitely wrong.

A part of me wants to say pay teachers more money, so those positions will attract a better crop of people. But, at the same time, I know that doesn’t work economically. Especially in this town, women are cranking out two or three kids by the time they’re 18 and just keep going I think until the vagina falls off or something. All these kids need to be educated. So, we need more and more schools. Well, if we paid each teacher like $75k or $80k, a lot of people would be taxed out of their homes to cover those salaries.

It sucks, I know. I don’t know what the answer is, but what we’re doing now isn’t working.

Jan 10, 2014, 4:22 pm
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@Bret Linden, Despite the amusing images you paint, your perceptions don’t mesh with demographics: school enrollments are falling, not rising, despite the increase in Tucson’s population.

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