The annual “MetLife Survey of the American Teacher” this year included a finding that I think should have gotten greater media attention. According to the survey, 91 percent of teachers interviewed said that schools need to strengthen programs and resources to help students with diverse learning needs prepare for success after high school. (See related story.)
This response resonated with me in part because it echoed a finding from an earlier MetLife teacher survey that has stuck in my head: In 2008, the survey found that nearly half of educators said that their students’ learning abilities were so varied that they couldn’t teach them effectively.
Together, these findings (backed by much anecdotal evidence) seem to me painfully revealing. You could almost see them as a cry for help, so to speak. Basically, teachers are saying they feel ill-equipped to meet the increasingly diverse learning needs of today’s students. They are calling out for more resources and support.