Teaching in 2021 brought continued challenges and stressors as teachers navigated the second year of the pandemic.
Also this year, there was intense public scrutiny and debate surrounding how teachers taught about race and the country’s history of racism. Many teachers worried about parent or community backlash against their curriculum and instruction. And there has been a troubling uptick in school violence.
Much like the findings from last year, the research published this year shows a profession in duress. Teachers say they feel stretched thin, with new expectations and little support. For many, teaching this year has been exhausting, and some say it’s not sustainable.