The results of new AFT survey on well-being, working conditions and stressors for teachers and school support staff across the country provide much-needed information about sources of stress on the job. The first-of-its-kind, 80-question survey was filled out by more than 30,000 educators.
Among the findings:
- Only 1 in 5 educators feel respected by government officials or the media.
- Fourteen percent strongly agree with the statement that they trust their administrator or supervisor.
- More than 75 percent say they do not have enough staff to get the work done.
- Seventy-eight percent say they are often physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of the day. Eighty-seven percent say the demands of their job are at least sometimes interfering with their family life.
- Among the greatest workplace stressors were the adoption of new initiatives without proper training or professional development, mandated curriculum and standardized tests.
After concerns of stress on the job were reported to the Badass Teachers Association, the survey was designed by a group of teachers who are members of the AFT or BATs, and it was reviewed and refined by a workplace stress expert and a professional pollster.
The results show the need for a scientific study. The AFT and BATs are calling on the Department of Education to conduct such a study.
Read a Washington Post story about the survey.
[AFT press release]