Oklahoma Education Association Releases Results of New Teacher Survey – FOX23 News

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Educators across the state recently responded to an Oklahoma Education Association survey on stress levels.

The results showed the highest numbers the state has seen since the pandemic began.

The OAS said not only do teachers say they experience the highest levels of stress they have seen, but on a scale of 1 to 10, more than 70% of educators rated themselves an 8, 9 or 10. The average was slightly above 8. .

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“It painted a perfect picture of their level of exhaustion and their level of stress,” said OAS President Katherine Bishop.

Educators have been sounding the alarm about burnout for weeks.

“You have to look inside to see exactly where their emotions are right now,” Bishop said.

The survey asked for one word to describe how teachers feel.

“They were heartbreaking,” Bishop said. “The one that stood out to me the most was ‘over’, ‘exhausted’, ‘helpless’, ‘desperate’, ‘overwhelmed’.

Educators say everyone is working harder than ever right now.

“Everyone was pitching in, covering classes, getting more students, putting students in big areas and one person covering for them. We were already doing and we did all this work to keep our doors open,” Bishop said.

The OAS says it is essential to find long-term solutions for schools. But, they say, the first step is to figure out where we are in the pandemic.

“Secondly, this is a time to encourage, not criticize. Political rhetoric is demoralizing and it must and must stop,” Bishop said. “We have to get back to that Oklahoma standard.”

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