Imagine communities without teachers. Imagine society without public education. It’s untenable to think of life for our kids without the benefits our public schools provide.
Unfortunately, the current state of public education would have you believing that there is little value in our public school teachers and no hope for college students to pick teaching as a career. Ask yourself this: would you join a profession where stagnant pay, ever-shifting guidelines, a depleted workforce, and very little hope of financial improvement is normal? This question was highlighted in the national news over the summer when the Washington Post published an article titled, “Why teachers are fleeing Arizona in Droves” and Arizona went crazy. Unfortunately, reading this piece and just watching the news here at home over the last few months make it easy to see why teacher retention and teacher recruitment are a struggle.