Why do teachers feel guilty? It's a fair question. Throughout our careers, we feel guilty about everything, it seems. Sometimes it was because we took sick days. Other times it was because, no matter how hard we tried, our students didn't score “high enough” on the test. (Nevermind that some of them discovered books and others found their voices.) I know from experience, that on our last day, teachers feel guilty because we're leaving.
I'm done feeling guilty though. I've stepped out of the toxic environment of the classroom, with the encouragement of my family, friends — and even former students — and started my (second) full time entrepreneurial venture. I'm also continuing my education.
But I wanted to take some time to talk to you about why teachers feel guilty, even when doing nothing wrong, and even though we've done everything we know to take care of the students in our classrooms.
I also want to encourage you to take stock of your situation — and take care of yourself.
You can read more resources about why teachers (and women) feel guilty here:
- 6 Reasons Why Teachers Feel Guilty when Leaving Teaching
- 11 Scientific Facts About Guilt Every Woman Should Know
- Entrepreneurial Moms, It’s Time to Give Up the Guilt
- Why Feelings of Guilt May Signal Leadership Potential
- 11 Tips For Dealing With Teacher Guilt
Edited: This is a no-guilt podcast. So I am not going to feel guilty about the errors that I had in the earlier version of my show notes. I am thankful though for my beta readers who privately point them out to me.
Thank you for addressing the topic of Teacher Guilt. It's so true. Perhaps the system is designed that way to keep the workers in check? While I'm not entrepreneurial in how I share my work, you make a great case for teachers honoring their own time and creativity by going into a business that supports their families and their own dreams. I also appreciate the links to other articles on the same topic.
Hey Shelly! Thank you for weighing in on this topic. It's something I've struggled with throughout my career and as I was looking at moving out of the classroom. I also think you're right about how the system has been designed.