I really dislike when people say "I teach for the outcome not the income." It really burns me up!
If you're like me you chose to get in the education field to make a difference in the lives of children and families but does that mean that our own children and family have to suffer?
For centuries, the education field has been considered a "service" profession and with that label has come a lack of compensation and high regard. Teacher pay has increasingly become a hot topic across the nation. In fact, research shows that when comparing teacher salaries to comparable occupations; teacher pay lags behind by significant amounts. The average teacher salary fell by 3 percent between 2006 and 2016. The United States has the lowest relative teacher salaries among the 28 member nations that participated in the report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In short, teachers are barely getting by and are suffering from P.T.S.D. (pay teachers substantial dollars).
Many teachers are forced to work beyond the 8- 3 "journey of the broke (job) as Les Brown calls it. According to the National Center for Education Statistics recently released report, 18 percent of teachers earn income outside the classroom. Are you included in that 18%? As degreed "professionals" some (like myself) with multiple degrees, teachers are having to take on jobs as cashiers, shared ride drivers and waiters. Many have decided to start businesses and have become private tutors, real estate agents or event planners. Surprisingly, in some instances these part-time jobs or side-hustles as I like to call them are yielding more money than full-time jobs at the school-house. So there is no surprise that teachers are leaving the field in droves at the end of every school year.
My journey of the broke has led me to many opportunities like becoming a secret shopper, selling health and wellness products, honestly, this endeavor is more of a health benefit for me...lol. You can check-out many other opportunities by reading articles from The Penny Hoarder.
So, if you're like me and many other #teachers around the country, you are tired of barely getting by. You are tired of people taking and almost never giving unless its more work. It's become so much that it is driving you crazy! Then you my friend, too are suffering from P.T.S.D.