Teachers are under attack, and it’s hurting students: NEA president


Teachers are under attack, and it’s hurting students: NEA president

We need to pay professional salaries, create supportive and respectful workplaces, and trust educators to do their job.

Becky Pringle

Opinion Contributor

In classrooms across the United States, teachers are doing what they do best: equipping the next generation for the challenges of a dynamic world. It’s a tough job, but as a former science teacher for over 30 years, I know it’s worth the effort.

But it’s a frustrating and overwhelming time in far too many communities. It is almost impossible to turn on the television without hearing the words “shortage of educators”. It’s a concern that educators, parents and advocates have been raising for years, and two years of a global pandemic have exacerbated the problem. Today, nearly 300,000 fewer people work in K-12 schools than before the pandemic.

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