I think most of these teachers burn out not because they feel they deserve to be treated well because of their perceived self sacrifice. Rather, they are not prepared for disgusting parents; children who have been groomed by their parents not to have the slightest respect for any adult, especially teachers; supervisors who could never teach or control a class telling them "how it should be done"; disrespect from a mayor who thinks of civil servants as "his" servants; teachers' bathrooms that lack soap, and hot water, toilet paper; and a bunch of other negatives which elude me at the moment. Most teachers I met during my 34 years in the NYC public school system went into the system for altruistic reason (and some merely because it was a job), but they never expected to become rich nor to be so disrespected.
but of course. I think Whynot means the Teach-for-America or the "I have a great degree from xx Ivy League and I'm going to take this job that is just so beneath me and expect people to see that this is beneath me and think I'm doing such great things".
Is that the type you mean, xlizellx?
Young teachers tend to gravitate to (and be recruited by) Charter Schools.They aren't staying there very long: http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/5156/why-charter-schools-have-high-teacher-turnoverIs this because they don't have teaching degrees, and/or are disproportinately graduates from private colleges?Do our urban schools represent something that is completely outside their prior experience, and cause them to leave because they can't cope?
Unfortunately, since Bloomberg put his stamp on the DOE, fewer of the public school principals have had substantial instructional experience. In the "old days," in order to possibly be considered for a principal's job, one had to have worked at least five years as an assistant principal. Before that, one had to have had a fair amount of actual classroom teaching experience, That did not ensure wonderful principals, but it sure made it likely that the AP/principal could approach educational innovations with some degree of skepticism. What Bloomberg wanted was principals who would do as they were told and who did not have institutional knowledge.