Teachers Worry About Violence, Resources, Poll Shows

YERUSHALAYIM -
Ministry of Education in Yerushalayim. (Orel Cohen/Flash90)

Teachers in Israel’s school system are less than satisfied with their jobs, according to a poll taken by the Israel Teachers Federation. In the poll of 1000 teachers working in the profession for five years or less, 68 percent said they would not recommend joining the profession to others.

When asked how long they planned to remain in teaching, 23.1 percent said they would quit today if they were able to, while 39.5 percent said they planned to make career of it and stay until retirement. The rest said they would most likely change professions within ten years. With that, 70 percent said they were proud to be teachers. On the other hand, 41.6 percent said that the education system did not appreciate their efforts, compared to 47.6 percent who said that it did.

The poll also asked questions about teachers’ work conditions. When asked whether or not parents were too involved with their children’s education, or not involved enough, 61.6 percent said they felt that parents were too involved. Just 11.7 percent said that parents were not involved enough, with the rest saying that parental involvement was at just the right amount. When asked whether they had ever been subject to verbal or physical violence on the part of parents, 38.5 percent of the teachers polled said they had experienced violence.