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A new survey of thousands of Wisconsin teachers found that nearly a third would “probably not” or “definitely not” choose the profession again, and 63 percent said they did not think the public appreciated the role teachers play in their children’s education.

Of the nearly 2,000 pre-K through 12th-grade teachers who took the Voices from the Classroom survey, 85 percent said they would like to see more interaction between the schools and the business community.

As a result, Wood Communications, which funded and conducted the survey, will hold meetings across the state in October and November between state businesses and teachers to talk about how the business community can be more involved in children’s education and what they can do to help teachers.

Mike Theo, president of the Wisconsin Realtors Association, said he wants teachers to know that they are supported by the community and that the community respects the hard work they do in educating the state’s children. He said the goal is to have conversations at the meetings that are as open as possible.

“I don’t know if this will produce a better world, but you’re not going to get a better world without conversation,” Theo said.

In addition to some teachers’ dissatisfaction in career choice — which stems from low pay, overly high expectations to perform tasks not related to teaching, and too much time spent on paperwork and not on students — 67 percent of those surveyed said education in Wisconsin is on the wrong track and 95 percent agreed that adults don’t understand how the challenges in education have changed since they were in school.

Jim Wood, president of Wood Communications, said some of the state’s teachers are feeling overwhelmed and underappreciated and that these meetings are “a good place to start” in tackling how to make changes among teachers’ attitudes and business involvement.


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