TUCSON, Ariz. — Deanna McDonald has been a teacher for more than 30 years. It’s a profession she loved and, at one time, recommended to her students.
But not anymore.
When the University of Arizona asked McDonald to recommend students to a teaching workshop, she didn’t respond.
“And I have referred people to them many, many years. But not this year.”
McDonald is one of a growing number of teachers who say the cost of an education to become a teacher isn’t worth the low salaries many teachers receive.
McDonald said she used to stand up for her job. But this year she had a change of heart telling KGUN:
“How do you say to a young person in high school, ‘I want you to take on college, and I want you to perhaps go into debt, because college is expensive. And then I want you to get out, and I want your yearly salary to be so bad, so low that you’re not gonna be able to afford to live?'”
“I can’t say to my students anymore that this is a wonderful job when the pay is so bloody terrible.”
Response to the workshop was so low, the university had to cancel the program after teachers refused to recommend students become teachers.
In a statement, the university said:
“Several teachers said that in the current education climate they could not in good conscience recommend that a person become a math teacher.”