How to Help Stressed Teachers

From a story on by Jim VandeHei headlined “How to help stressed teachers”:

My sister, a special education teacher in central Wisconsin, says it’s never been harder, more stressful, more dangerous or more thankless to be a teacher.

  • She describes vividly what we all see unfolding online: a rise in depression, cursing, fighting, disrespect, disruption, violence and disengaged parents. “In 25 years, I’ve never seen it this bad,” she says.

The stakes: We’re staring down a severe staffing shortage in schools. Escalating burnout and stagnant wages are driving seasoned teachers out of classrooms, and fewer and fewer college kids want to become teachers.