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SERVICE PROVIDERS

Why do so many young teachers leave the profession? TeachWonk argues that the problem starts right at the top.

None of our administrators seem to care about teacher morale. After all, it was our superintendent, Dr. Evil, who set the tone when he famously said, "Professional educators are principals and above" and went on to refer to teachers as "Service providers."

Even given the not-so-pastoral relationship between administrators and teachers, that quote is so baldly hostile it's hard to imagine that it was taken in context. But perhaps the proof is in the pudding: TeachWonk says that new teachers in her district "soon get the message and many leave," presumably to provide their services in more friendly climes.

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