This year has been tough all over professionally, and no one is feeling great. The challenges in education have been particularly acute, as individuals, communities, and the nation at large struggle over the issue of how to safely conduct school in the midst of a pandemic. Remote school and hybrid learning are nobody's idea of an effective learning community, and there seems to be no easy answer. While there's light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak, at least concerning next year, the stress of school is taking a toll.
And it might be a generation altering shift, as many teachers are considering whether they can continue to do the job. A recent poll of licensed teachers in Colorado indicated as many as "40% of teachers are considering" leaving the profession. Low pay, safety issues, unmanageable workloads, and lack of support are some key reasons that many teachers are feeling they have no choice left but to walk away.