Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in the news media and the community regarding the teacher walkout on May 21 in the Tri-Cities and the rolling walkouts across the state. Individuals have the right to agree or disagree with this decision — in a respectful manner.
While there are pros and cons and it is hard to find an ideal solution, I would like to utilize this opportunity to draw the attention of our legislators and community members to a deeper problem: the rate of teacher dropout, its cost to the economy and students, and the fact that fewer and fewer high school and college graduates want to pursue teaching as a profession.
Why is it so? Here are a few articles that shed light on this subject:
As a high school teacher in Kennewick School District and the mother of two children who studied in the Richland School District, I encourage community members to visit classrooms at the elementary, middle and high school levels, job shadow teachers for a week (with advance notice and permission, of course), and understand the challenges that teachers are facing on a daily basis.