Waiting To Exhale

Mentor: An experienced and trusted adviser.

Mentorship: Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise.

As the school year comes to an end it is not only the students who are waiting for the final bell.

In June of 2015 Chad Aldeman of TeacherPensions.org reported, “There’s no national dataset that collects annual data on teacher retirements. The most recent data on retirement from National Center for Education Statistics’ Schools and Staffing Survey estimated that 269,800 teachers left the classroom in the 2008-9 school year and 27.8 percent of them retired. That gives us a total of 75,004 public school teachers who retired that year, or about 2.2 percent of the 3.4 million teachers nationwide.

This system of education we currently support does little to support the retention of experienced, trusted advisors. In fact, in 2011 early retirement incentives caused a mass exodus of experienced teachers from the profession.

This was done not because of their ineffectiveness, but to save money.

The fact that our children would benefit from the mentoring of an experienced educator who has respect for the gifts and talents each child possesses causes one to again assess the intent of our educational leaders.

Are our children their main concern?

We spend billions of dollars on collecting data on our children yet there is no data collected on the adverse effect of pushing older, experienced educators out of the profession because keeping them costs too much money.

When will we, the people, stand together and stop the senseless and brutal slaughter of the teaching profession?

When will dedicated educators stand together and stop the senseless and brutal slaughter of their profession?

Teachers make up the majority of the workforce in America which means they have the potential of being the loudest voting voice in America.

When will we, the teachers, the largest workforce in America, come together to support the effective and efficient education of our children?

They deserve better!

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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