Teachers refuse to recommend their career to students due to low pay

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TUCSON, Az. — Deanna McDonald has been a teacher for more than 30 years. It’s a profession she loved and 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.

“I had a huge argument with a couple of colleagues and they were saying that they refuse to recommend education to their students,” she said. “And I was adamant that this is the best job in the world.”

But this year she had a change of heart.

“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,” McDonald told KGUN.

“I can’t say to my students anymore that this is a wonderful job when the pay is so bloody terrible.”

As for the other teachers who didn’t respond to the workshop?

“Perhaps they’ve come to where I am a lot sooner.”

Response 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.


  • Jim Smith

    That’s funny. I just unfriended a retired teacher because they kept bragging about how thy can afford a vacation home in Florida and travels down there several times a year. Seems like she must of been paid well enough to invest and save for all that

  • Chris

    By refusing to inform her students of this potential career, she has made it obvious that pay THE priority in her life. A loving teacher would recognize that students should have the option to learn about all potential careers, so that they can find the one for which they are best suited. And in teaching, as in every career, there is a ladder of success and monetary compensation. It sounds like this poor lady has been teaching for a long time, but doesn’t have the skill to get past thr poor rung. Poor thing. Perhaps someone should have lovingly introduced her to a different career in her youth.

  • Staticphear

    Some are over paid as it is.

    Last bunch of college classes I took the teachers had us go online and watch videos of someone else teaching us the subject. She did not teach a thing to us, just gave us assignments of what to read and what videos to watch.

    I guess the only thing I really learned was that it is better to skip college “classes” which are basically the middle man of learning, and go to the source of the learning material and watch the videos and figure it out yourself with the help of various forum sites.

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