Teachers are seeing more homelessness and poverty amongst their students
By Anne on May 14th, 2012
I know, it is a heavy title for a blog post first thing on Monday but the facts ring true. According to Primary Sources 2012: America’s Teachers on the Teaching Profession, veteran teachers are seeing increasingly more students in their classrooms affected by these issues. Over one third of veteran teachers say they have more homeless students than five years ago and nearly half see more students living in poverty. Since the release of this survey of 10,000 public school teachers, the dialogue of their thoughts and views has continued on scholastic.com/teachers. Most recently they published an eye-opening account of just how clear it is that the economy is directly affecting our children and that teachers are willing to do everything they can to serve these students. One national board-certified teacher in Oklahoma explained, “Our school has a huge closet with clothes, coats, socks, and shoes, and a washer and dryer. School supplies are available. Our principal, PTO, and staff are very aware of the needs of our families and we all work together to support the kids.” But, our teachers and schools need help with additional resources and training. Keep reading here for more details on the matter and you can download the report to see other topics that are on the minds on teachers here.
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