The reasons you are stating are the exact reasons that many teachers leave
the profession after five years and not many people are running to become a
teacher either. My father-in law lives in Florida and they have a teacher
shortage...seemingly they will put anyone in front of a classroom to fill the
spots. It's like that in a lot of places...Chicago, where I live is also in
that same category. What's the statistic..in the next 10 years the country
will have a shortage of teachers..don't remember the exact number, but high.
Personally, I think parents are taking a hands-off approach to their child's
education and that we just have to grin and bear it. Many times I hear about
parents that tell teachers that its our problem to fix. I hate that. I'm a
new parent, 15mo. old, no where near school age, but I couldn't hear myself
saying those things. First and foremost it's the parents responsibility then
ours. when did we start being the parents? I've thought many times about
leaving teaching for other things. Not sure why I stay sometimes. anyway,
that's my two cents.