There’s a limit. There’s a line. There’s an end.
As teachers get less and less pay and less and less benefits, then inevitably they will start to seek out different positions and opportunities that do offer health benefits and a sense of security that they thought the public school system guaranteed.
When that happens, there will be a lot of charter school owners and politicians who are left dealing with the problem of students without teachers. Our society is held together and built upon the fact that we can all pretty much bet on the fact that students aged 6-15 will be occupied from 7:30-3:30 on the weekdays. Can you imagine what the world would be like if they weren’t?
It might be something that we all have to start thinking more closely about because with the pressure and expectations that are being oppressively passed down to teachers, there is going to be push back and response. Maybe not for the rest of this school year and maybe not next school year, but there is going to come a stopping point, a point of no return when teachers are going to realize how little they are being paid to “occupy” children with standardized tests and standardized curriculum and are just going to let politicians and administrators try to “occupy” students instead. Then, we will all be asking, “How did we end up with all these students without teachers?”