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Why Great Teachers Quit: And How We Might Stop the Exodus

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Low pay, increased responsibilities, and high-stakes standardized testingthese are just some of the reasons why more talented teachers are leaving the profession than ever before. Drawing on in-depth interviews with teachers all over the country, Farber presents an in-the-trenches view of the classroom exodus and uncovers ways that schools can turn the tide.
Paperback, 167 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Corwin Publishers (first published July 6th 2010)
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Amanda Kaye
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow! I was really impressed with how accurate and helpful this book was! I can tell that the author Katy Farber really is a teacher who is aware of the condition of our schools in America. And I can tell that the accounts of hundreds of teachers were used in this book to portray the areas that need to be fixed in our schools.

Farber addresses the following areas:
1-Standardized Testing
2- Working Conditions in Today's Schools
3- Ever Higher Expectations
4- Bureaucracy
5- Respect and Compensation
6- Par
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone working in a school system
I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway...yay! I work in a public school district (I am NOT a teacher), so I knew the book would be interesting to me from that perspective. The author is a 10-year teaching veteran who interviewed and garnered input from many current and former teachers. The book was divided into some main topics that appear to be the biggest factors in teacher attrition, namely standardized testing, working conditions/safety, bureaucracy, compensation, parents, admin ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Needed mid-year inspiration. Very good read with practical advice to help ease teacher burn-out.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Farber examines some of the harsh realities of teaching life that contribute to high teacher attrition: lack of respect from students, parents, administrators, and school boards; poor working conditions, including violence, overwhelming volumes of paperwork, and building safety hazards; and increasing (non-teaching) responsibilities without increasing salaries. But, importantly, Farber offers practical solutions and success stories to help combat these issues. This is a great read for aspiring e ...more
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
A huge number of teachers leave teaching within the first year and even more follow so that a large percentage have left teaching within the first five years. Katy Farber discusses the problem, but, in my opinion, presents no satisfactory or viable solutions.
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Katy Farber is a teacher and author from the mountains of Vermont. Her first book, Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus, was released in July by Corwin Press.  Her second book, Change the World with Service Learning:  How to Create, Lead and Assess Service Learning Projects, was released in 2011 by Rowman and Littlefield Press

Her latest book for children is Salamander Sky, a

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