School’s Out for Summer and Many Teachers Are Calling It Quits

School’s Out for Summer and Many Teachers Are Calling It Quits

“I felt so helpless,” said 49-year-old Wendy Grider, who left her fourth-grade teaching job in Rocklin, Calif., this month. She watched parents over the past year take to social media to criticize teachers in her district for their homework assignments, she said. 

And there were several instances in her classroom, she said, in which a student hit a staff member or threatened her. One of the few things she left behind was a classroom mural she and a student teacher had made of butcher paper and twinkle lights bearing the words “Be Kind.” 

“The reason I stayed in teaching was for the actual teaching, and for the kids, which is really what you think it should be all about,” said Ms. Grider, who isn’t sure what she will do next. “Unfortunately, it’s turned into a very small percentage of the job.”

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