LETTER: Can teachers be blamed for leaving profession?

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

To the Editor:

I read the headline in today’s Herald (Friday, Dec. 6) about teachers leaving their profession in record numbers. Hmm, I wonder why that is? Could it possibly be related to no raises for how many years, having to buy their own school supplies or long hours with little compensation? Oh, and how about our great governor giving big raises to his staff and breaking all kinds of promises to the teachers of N.C.?

Oh, it’s not just Sanford folks. This is a statewide problem and, unfortunately, we are losing some wonderful and very dedicated teachers. Who could blame them for laying down the pencils and books and looking for a job that really pays a decent wage. Most teachers that my husband and I know (and we know lots of them since we sub in Lee County schools) have second jobs just so they can pay mortgages and put food on the table. I have seen them working in places like Cracker Barrel and Ruby Tuesday after putting in a full day at school. I swear, I do not know how they do it, and it makes me very sad for them. These same teachers have families too that I am sure they would prefer to be home with on evenings.

This is a fixable problem, but for some teachers, they have waited far too long for this fix. Can we blame them? No, we cannot.

Joan Axner