Burnout and Educators

Burnout and Educators

Burnout and Educators
Burnout and Educators

As globalization and technology continue to change the way businesses operate, the need for highly skilled workers

with the ability to synthesize, analyze and communicate will be the litmus test that separates successful economies

from those that fail. . Where does the United States fall in light of this? Can the United States produce enough

highly-skilled workers to meet the demands of an ever-evolving society? If the 2010 results of the Program for

International Student Assessment (PISA) are any indication, then the US was judged to be deficient.

Burnout and Educators

The test results showed that US students lagged behind many of their peers from other countries in core subject

areas. This understanding has once again strengthened the constant on and off debate around quality education in

American schools. In the wake of the report, the brainstorming sessions that follow will once again seek to uncover

the impediments to creating a better education system. What will be discovered? A review of previous measures

revealed to address the shortcomings of quality education to date seemed to consistently focus on educators as a

causal element.

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) (2002), as well as research suggesting that a high-quality teacher is the single

most important factor influencing student achievement, lend credence to the above statement. These avenues that

seek to focus on ways to increase academic achievement seem to suggest that educators are the most critical element

impacting students’ ability to perform academically. This conclusion has led to extreme pressure on educators to

increase academic achievement. These pressures, while not new (since, as Popham claimed, they existed before

NCLB (2004)), will increase in magnitude as the world continues to change. Can this ongoing and insistent pressure

produce adverse effects for educators? What are the implications for the teaching and learning environment, and

invariably for society?

Burnout and Educators

Burnout and Educators
Burnout and Educators

Incessant pressure to perform in highly volatile environments often leads to burnout. This exhaustion is a nemesis

for the creation of an educational system that is capable of producing students equipped to meet the challenges of

the 21st-century workplace; skills that are critical to any country that wants to maintain or achieve a competitive

advantage. Drucker made this point when he coined the term “knowledge workers” and highlighted its importance to

the success of 21st-century businesses. This paper examines the principles of rest and highlights the value of rest for

educators operating in contemporary educational settings.

The document points out the challenges facing the contemporary American educational system that can inhibit rest

and clarifies the dangers of burnout, a condition created by lack of rest. Leaders in education, as well as stakeholders,

are given clear guidelines that can be used to prevent burnout and promote rest. The article ends with a call for

educational leaders to adhere to the need for rest to build learning environments capable of creating students with

the analytical, synthesizing and communicative skills that are critical to meeting the demands of contemporary and

future organizations.

Burnout and Educators

The day started with an Individualized Education Plan for one of my students. After the meeting was over, I analyzed

the results of the summative evaluation of forty students from the previous day. I realized that fifteen of my students

did not grasp some of the key concepts in the lesson and so I began to plan intervention strategies. Two strategies

had to be different to accommodate two of my students who needed modified assignments. This activity took almost

fifty minutes. So, I had enough time to adjust my lesson plans for the day. Now it was five minutes until class started,

and as I was going through my calendar, I realized that I had a meeting at the end of the day with the teachers in my

department. I made myself a note: “Just before I go to the meeting I must remember to call the parents of three of

my students since they were not finishing their homework and had started to misbehave in class.” As I jotted down

the note, I glanced at the other meetings and forms that needed attention at the end of the week. When the bell rang,

a teacher walked by my door and I smiled politely and asked “how are you?” she looked at me and said “I’m

overwhelmed, it seems like there’s a lot to do and

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