Report: U.S. teachers love their jobs but don't feel valued

Friday, June 27, 2014

America's public school teachers love their jobs, despite feeling underappreciated by society and facing enormous challenges in the workplace, according to a new international survey of educators.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which oversees the international PISA student assessment, surveyed a representative sample of educators in 34 countries, including 1,900 teachers across the United States. The findings for American teachers, particularly on job satisfaction, are consistent with similar studies including the latest Gallup Poll and a survey by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. And there are some consistencies in responses internationally: Teachers feeling undervalued is the headline for the OECD survey story in a number of countries including Australia, England, and Sweden.

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