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Old 12-05-2007, 07:14 PM
 
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I am a teacher in FL (middle school math) and am strongly considering relocating to TN. What is the teaching climate like in TN? Florida's educational system is struggling a great deal....the FCAT and No Child Left Behind have taken over...we are to the point of treating kids like products that churn out test scores...every teacher I speak with is at a peak of frustration and is considering changing careers because "the joy of teaching is gone".

So my question.....Is TN in a similar situation? Do you know any public school teachers in TN? What do they say about their jobs?

Any info you can provide is much appreciated!
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:01 AM
 
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Default I don't teach, so take this for what it's worth...

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What is the teaching climate like in TN? Florida's educational system is struggling a great deal....the FCAT and No Child Left Behind have taken over...we are to the point of treating kids like products that churn out test scores...
I think you'll find that in many states now, including TN. It obviously differs by district and individual school, but TCAP is a large, if not number one priority here.

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every teacher I speak with is at a peak of frustration and is considering changing careers because "the joy of teaching is gone".
Yeah, I'm hearing these thoughs of mass exodus as well. I'm not sure if anything will develop out it, but the frustration is definately there with the teachers I know. Out of about 7 8th grade teachers I know, 4 are actively looking for employment other than teaching. However, I think that's a reflection on their administration, not the students or the general occupation of teaching.

Then again, many teachers are really happy and have been doing it for a really long time. It's hard to beat the retirement benefits as well.
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