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Marty: Not Leaving For Luna, But …

You can't blame Idaho school Superintendent Tom Luna's anti-teacher “reform” package for driving Lewiston High School's Agatha Trickey out of the classroom. Trickey, who is going to apply her math background toward another degree to become an actuary, is not the first teacher to suffer burnout early in her career and quit. In fact, this happens so frequently it's practically a syndrome. Anywhere from a third to half of newly minted public school teachers leave the profession after five years. Full of idealism and enthusiasm, young teachers quickly learn there is a lot of drudgery to this work. The hours are long. If you do it right, teaching can take your evenings and weekends/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you know of a burned-out teacher who has left the profession in the last 5 years?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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