Teaching has never been an easy job, but the current climate in education has left many teachers struggling to find the will to keep at it. A recent survey shows that a quarter of respondents in Hamilton County are not sure of their future in education after winter break.
Last month, 74 respondents from 34 different Hamilton County schools responded to a survey conducted by the education advocacy group UnifiEd and stated that they were not planning to return to teaching after winter break or they were considering that option.
In addition to those responding that they personally were not coming back, nearly half of the teachers who do plan to return say they know at least one other teacher who is not.
Many are blaming the increase in student violence across the district, specifically greater numbers of threats and physical violence by students against teachers.