A Not So Graceful Exit: Why I Left Teaching

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Yesterday, I quit.  In the middle of the school year, I quit.  After fourteen years in education, I quit.  I.  Quit.  Quitting isn’t something I do, particularly when children are involved, so this is still quite difficult to think or talk about.  It might seem an abrupt decision to some, but for those that know me well, you know this is something I have flirted with for a few years now.  I think it started about five years ago…

I was teaching in an inner-city school in Memphis.  I loved my principal.  I loved my kids.  I loved teaching.  Now, of course, there were issues.  Too much paperwork.  Not enough hours in the day.  Uninvolved parents.  Disobedient children.  District mandates that made no sense.  Still, overall, I was happy being a teacher.  I knew that I would either drop dead teaching or they would have to roll me out in…

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One Response to A Not So Graceful Exit: Why I Left Teaching

  1. Jen says:

    It’s terrifying how the school system’s changed. I was working on my doctorate during the worst of No Child Left Behind and saw those kids attend college at a barely functionally literate level. I’m honestly scared by how little learning is valued these days. (By society, as a whole, by the school boards, etc.)

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