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January 3, 2022 · OPINION

Teacher retention among many challenges for schools

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By John Green
Bealeton

We have a lot to do this year. At the November Fauquier County School Board meeting, the issue of teacher retention/teacher turnover was discussed. It was declared a major problem. They blamed the problem on higher salaries in Northern Virginia. Their answer is higher salaries for our teachers.

If teachers teach only for higher salaries, they ought to move to Chicago. They have some of the highest salaries in the country. But teaching is a lot more than just money. Teaching is a vocation, a very important vocation. Teachers control our futures.

Northern Virginia teachers are paid more because their costs of living are higher. You can live here and work in Northern Virginia, as many people already do. But there is a price to pay – the commute and its cost, plus the time lost in the commute. Time and money are both in short supply in today’s world.

During the pandemic our teachers never missed a pay check. They received the government stimulus checks. And Fauquier County teachers received a $1,000 bonus. They made out better than many of their neighbors. And any teacher pay raises increase everybody’s taxes.

I believe other factors play an important role in teacher retention/teacher turnover. Teachers are human beings just like the rest of us. They want to do their job teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. And teaching math and science and history and government. Their ability to teach has been hampered by the social engineering that has taken over our schools.
In 2015, county schools participated in the Pride Study. It involved numerous schools. Key findings (Page 8 of the report) found significant number of youths at high risk for drug use and first use starting at younger ages. Most drug use occurs in homes. A high number of youth report they are depressed and having suicidal thoughts. Large number of youth report mental health issues and substance use which makes them more at risk of harm to themselves or others. Get this report and read it, especially parents.
Six years later and things have not gotten better. In fact they are worse. Transgender policies allow boys to say they are girls and immediately start using the girls only facilities. Read the Code of Virginia 22.1-23.3.

How about Social Emotional Learning In K-8 it talks about all sorts of sex and their ability to change their sex anytime. Critical Race Theory calls all white persons racists and everyone else is oppressed. Cancel culture erases history. The Equity Act is just plain anti-Christian. And Deep Equity Process that seeks equal outcome for everyone.
Fauquier County Public Schools must stop these social engineering programs. They are destroying our schools and discouraging professional teachers from teaching. Teachers deserve decent compensation for their work. We need dedicated teachers that will educate our students to be self-sufficient citizens of the USA.

I can understand why teachers are so hard to retain. Let them teach and stop the social engineering. We need new leadership in our schools.
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