Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 379–380 | Cite as

Editorial Teacher Attrition: An Issue of National Concern

  • Mary Renck Jalongo
  • Kelly Heider
No matter where you go in your community you are apt to encounter people who used to be teachers. Whereas other occupations speak of “wannabes,” the field of teaching is dominated by “used to bes.” The following account of a couple who exited the profession offers some insight into the reasons that teachers give for abandoning teaching.

While visiting friends in Florida I met a married couple who had left careers as high school teachers to start their own house cleaning business. They cheerfully enumerated the advantages of their new job: flexible hours, more time spent together, greater physical fitness, less stress, good salaries/tips, and vacations that were not dictated by the school calendar. True, the couple admitted, they had lost some social status and were no longer working in the profession in which they had invested four years of college study. Yet some of the sources of satisfaction that had eluded them as teachers were accessible to them for the first time. They mentioned...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

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