When I read the words, TEACHER FRIENDLY WORK ENVIRONMENT, it is hard for me to imagine a public school environment like this actually exists. Teachers are given the least protection and rights under state and federal laws. Teaching is one of the lowest (if not lowest) paid professions, requiring a college degree or higher to do, yet it also demands unlimited days and hours of work, a virtually unattainable performance expectation level, constant continuing education hours and excessive professional development more so than any other profession in the world. With this in mind, I appreciate the following article and report by WalletHub.
“To help America’s educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 21 key indicators of teacher-friendliness. Our data set ranges from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.”
I think it is helpful to see where states rank as it pertains to the work conditions or environment for our teachers. Of course, it is of very little surprise to me that Mississippi ranks at the very bottom of WalletHub’s lists. Teachers are dropping like flies in Mississippi, and who could blame them? If you would like to see where teachers have it better, read the full story here:
In case you are unclear of the scoring,
1 = Best
51 = Worst