In its September 7th editorial, the Greenwich Time commented on results from the 2012 Harris Survey. Among the observations was the following:
Teachers — whose overall satisfaction dropped to 7 from 7.5 in the 2010 — have relatively low levels of satisfaction with student behavior (with which we sympathize) and recognition they receive for good job performance (not really, they are the highest paid in the state).
While I’m the first to give credit to the paper’s editorial staff for their thoughtful and fair editorials, I have to make one correction about the last statement. As a teacher, being recognized for good job performance has nothing to do with money. Yes, teachers in Greenwich are very fortunate to make the salaries we do. But there’s not enough money on God’s green earth to make up for the things that contribute to dissatisfaction.
Teacher satisfaction has little to do with money. It has more to do with everything else.