Why I Quit Teaching

Viktor James
Dec 15, 2018 · 12 min read

Trust Me. It’s Not the Typical Laundry List of Problems You’re Accustomed to Hearing (kinda)

This duck has nothing to do with the topic. But then again, much of what teachers have to do has nothing to do with actual teaching. Quack.

The Pay Really Does Suck

Every teacher needs a side hustle to keep the lights on.

You Don’t Get Summers Off

The expectation for summers… (at least this pineapple isn’t on a pizza)
This is a more accurate view of a teacher’s summer.

Everyone Thinks You Get Summers Off

This is the best way to grade papers.

There’s Little Prestige in It These Days

The guy on the right was probably a teacher.

Testing Never Stops

Sisyphus. The Greek God of Standardized Tests
“Ugh. Another test? I just want to eat seals,” — Bored Coca-Cola Bear

You’re Playing the Long-Game

“O Captain! my Captain!”

Snakeoil Salesmen and Their “New Ideas”

Is a post about teaching really a post about teaching if it doesn’t have a pic of someone climbing a mountain?
“Buy my book. I swear this is going revolutionize education. For real this time.”

Teacher Evaluations Are Ridiculous

It’s Mentally Exhausting

Even teachers have their limits.

It’s Extremely Isolating

“It be like that sometimes.”

Paperwork

Bald and drowning in paperwork? Definitely a teacher.

Cutthroat Politics

This is probably pretty traumatic.
“Politics? Looks like you played yourself, kid.”

Despite All This, I Was Set for the Long Haul Until…

There really is a moment when you just “get it” as a teacher. Except, it’s more like a wooden beam hitting you in the face than a light switch turning on…but still.
Sometimes, you gotta leave when it’s time to leave.

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Viktor James

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Former high school English teacher. Satirist. Author of Teaching Frankenstein: A Cautionary Tale. MA: English — UCL. http://www.viktorjames.com/

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