“Mental and physical exhaustion is becoming a modern day phenomenon that is rapidly on the rise. When exhaustion sets in, it can be incredibly frightening. As worries, pressures, set-backs, and responsibilities build up, we begin to feel less able to cope with them.”
Being a teacher is demanding. Some people might think teaching simply involves educating eager learners. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
If teachers had the chance to really teach their students, then maybe they would not use so many sick days.
Because teachers have to spend a substantial amount of time being “parents” and attending meetings, they often go home exhausted.
Teachers spend time preparing lessons and before they can even implement those lessons, they have to handle disruptive students. Not to mention, teachers have to quickly find solutions for students who are lacking prerequisite skills.
There is nothing refreshing when 10th grade students are operating at a 7th grade level. Furthermore, it is quite disheartening when their teacher is faithfully teaching those children only for them to resist the help.
Then their teacher is blamed when they cannot achieve high scores. This is why teachers tend to use many of their sick days. Not because they have some life-threatening health condition, but because exceptional teachers get drained.
Imagine not having enough resources, time, parental involvement, and diligent students. How are teachers going to reach their students when the students do not want to learn?
In addition, how will the public school system improve if the government will not listen to the teachers? The educators are the ones who can actually execute change, yet the government does not honor their ideas.
These barriers are enough to discourage ambitious teachers.
So before we judge those teachers in New York for “faking illnesses to take paid vacations,” spend a month in a public school setting.
These teachers are now facing the consequences of their behaviors. However, let’s not forget that there are other teachers who do use their sick days to actually regain strength and hope.
Then they return to work to help transform a system that seems doomed to failure.