Why Great Teachers Quit: And How We Might Stop the Exodus

Learn why today’s best teachers are leaving—from the teachers themselves

More talented teachers are leaving the profession than ever before. Drawing on in-depth interviews, Farber presents an in-the-trenches view of the classroom exodus and how schools can turn the tide, focusing on:

  • Challenges to teacher endurance, including tight budgets, difficult parents, unsafe schools, inadequate pay, and lack of respect
  • Strategies veteran teachers use to make sure the joys of teaching outweigh the frustrations
  • Success stories from individual schools and districts that have found solutions to these challenges 
  • Recommendations for creating a school environment that fosters teacher retention

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By Amanda (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · September 18, 2010
Wow! I was really impressed with how accurate and helpful this book was! I can tell that the author Katy Farber really is a teacher who is aware of the condition of our schools in America. And I can tell that the accounts of hundreds of teachers were used in this book to portray the areas that ne... ...more
By Traci (Newberg, OR) · ★★★☆☆ · January 30, 2011
I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway...yay! I work in a public school district (I am NOT a teacher), so I knew the book would be interesting to me from that perspective. The author is a 10-year teaching veteran who interviewed and garnered input from many current and former teacher... ...more
By Betsy (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★☆ · February 19, 2011
Needed mid-year inspiration. Very good read with practical advice to help ease teacher burn-out. ...more
By Debbie · ★★★☆☆ · June 30, 2014
A huge number of teachers leave teaching within the first year and even more follow so that a large percentage have left teaching within the first five years. Katy Farber discusses the problem, but, in my opinion, presents no satisfactory or viable solutions. ...more