Teacher Burnout Top Concern Among Fellow Educators
- By Kate Lucariello
national survey conducted during summer 2022 by research-based
literacy company Lexia
Learning found that the majority of educators (71%)
are worried about teacher burnout during the 2022-2023 school year,
even though most (66%) are optimistic about the new year.
survey was sent to a random sample of 20,000 Lexia users who logged
into myLexia during the six months prior. Results showed that 75% of
educators feel that more one-on-one time would help their students,
and more than half feel their students need specialist help such as
special ed teachers, subject-matter tutors and school psychologists.
While more than half are concerned about teacher shortages (52%),
even more (66%) are worried about the availability of non-teacher
staff support: custodians, bus drivers, teachers’ aids, substitute
teachers, etc., and whether their schools have the resources to pay
national survey conducted in January by the National Education
Association (NEA) bears up these concerns, with 90% of NEA members
worried that an alarming number of educators will quit their
profession earlier than planned, an exodus fueled by the pandemic. A
high percentage of these are already underrepresented Black and
Hispanic/Latino educators, the NEA survey found.
for solutions to the problem, a huge majority of Lexia respondents
(83%) believe that more teachers would stay for higher pay, and 71%
for smaller class sizes. Only 55% feel that schools have been
compensating teachers fairly. While most educators overall feel their
schools have done a good job investing in pandemic-induced distance
learning with digital tools and classroom technology, an overwhelming
81% worry their students will fall behind if remote learning is
reinstated, with 76% concerned that students’ social-emotional
health will suffer.
to read more of the Lexia survey results, and here
to read more about the NEA survey.
About the Author
Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.