In fact, chiropractors have a pivotal role in education, whether you realize it or not.
Of course, we all know (too well!) the commitment it takes to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.
But no other profession I can think of is so responsible for not only performing their duties, but proselytizing about their field like DCs and even CAs.
Like Dr. Charles Ward always says, “The biggest thing holding chiropractors back from greater success is that people don’t know what we do.”
So every day, it’s important that we work as advocates, educating the general public as well as our patients about the amazing health benefits of chiropractic care.
In a past blog, we documented the education requirements of DCs (and compared them favorably to the educational standards for MDs) in a form that’s easy for you to share with your audience and patients.
But remember, too, that we don’t wait to wait until young adults are in college or choosing a path in the working world to educate them. Starting from a very young age in kindergarten and then elementary school, teachers help shape the character, personality, and intellectual capacity of our children.
By teaching them not only what to learn but how to think, we’re ensuring a future society of critical thinkers that will be open to chiropractic care based on facts and what’s best for humankind – not secret agendas and profit.
I can think of no more important job!
So to celebrate teachers and educators nationwide – including those in chiropractic education programs and DCs – here are 25 facts for National Teacher Day and beyond.
1. Chiropractic is the fastest-growing health care professional and second-largest primary healthcare profession on the rise.
2. With 10,000 students currently enrolled in chiropractic education across the U.S., the profession is in safe hands with our future DCs.
3. Overall, there are currently more than 7.2 million teachers in the U.S., about 3.8 million teaching at elementary, middle, or high schools and the rest at kindergartens, post-secondary and special education institutions of learning. Only about 12% of these teachers work at private schools.
4. 2. There are approximately 116,240 K–12 schools in the United States; 85,530 of which are public; 4,480 public charter; and 26,230 private.
5. Pre-K-12 teachers make up the biggest occupational group in the United States according to the Census Bureau.
6. How do we feel about teachers? Surveys reveal that teachers are the second-highest rated occupation that contributes most to society in the United States. The first was military personnel.
7. Accounting for all the time teachers are on the job during school hours, extracurricular activities, or events, meetings, and planning on school grounds, data reveals that teachers work an average of 10 hours and 40 minutes per day or 53 hours per week.
8. How is a teacher’s time spent every day?
Teachers spend an average of just about 5 hours on instruction and teaching.
36 minutes on student supervision and discipline
45 minutes planning, preparing or collaborating with colleagues
36 minutes grading papers and documenting student work.
15 minutes giving feedback and communicating with parents via email, phone, or face-to-face meetings.
Add that up and the only respite the average teacher has for lunch, personal time, and breaks is 23 minutes a day!
9. There are some very vital activities that still aren’t written into teacher’s contracts and the time they spend every day. Those include time spent at home or after hours planning lessons or grading student work. It’s estimated that teachers spend anywhere from one hour per evening to up to a dozen hours on busy weekends that aren’t part of their contracts.
10. We can all agree that teaching is no cakewalk, but did you know that it’s rated as one of the highest-stress of all jobs in the U.S.? In fact, studies have found that the stress levels for teachers are as high as air-traffic controllers, firefighters, pilots, or other high-stress vocations.
11. Teachers are faced with more challenges and students with serious social problems than ever before, like behavioral problems, students living in poverty, children coming to school hungry, and students who don’t speak English as a first language.
12. Something the public may not realize is that there’s a high attrition rate for teachers. In fact, 33% of teachers leave the profession within the first three years of starting their careers, and 46% walk away within the first five years, and those numbers are on the rise.
13. The average salary for public school teachers is approximately $56,643. When adjusted for inflation, that means our average teacher salaries are now are only 1% higher than 20 years earlier, in 1990-91.
14. Compared with other professions that require the same levels of education and expertise, teachers earn 14% less income.
15. In 32 regions of the United States, teachers don’t make enough income to own the average priced home.
16. More than 20% of public school teachers have a second or side job outside of the education profession.
17. The top five high-paying states for public school teachers are:
New York ($75, 279), Massachusetts ($73,129), District of Columbia, Connecticut ($69,766), and California ($69,324).
18. 16. The bottom five states that paid public teachers are:
South Dakota ($39,580), Mississippi ($41,994), Oklahoma ($44,128), North Carolina ($45,947), and West Virginia ($46,405).
19. Only 42% of public school teachers and 29% of private school teachers are compensated for extracurricular activities like coaching sports, teams, and clubs.
20. An estimated 92.4% of teachers spend their own money out-of-pocket on their students, materials, or classrooms.
21. Is the perception that class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios are getting bigger true? Since 1950, there has been only a 96% increase in students but a whopping 252% increase in teachers on staff.
22. The average class size is now around 21.2 students for public elementary schools and 26.8 students for public secondary schools, but, in fact, student-to-teacher ratios fluctuate depending on the times and decades. From 1970 to 1985, the student/teacher ratio declined from 22.3 to 17.9. It rose to 17.2 by 1989, but then declined back to 17.3 by 1995 and even further to 15.4 as of 2009.
23. Teaching is a profession dominated by females. In fact, the number of men entering the teaching profession has grown by 26%, but almost 8 out of 10 teachers in the U.S. are still women.
24. Who is the average public school teacher? Like we said, almost 80% of public school teachers are female. 44% of public schools teachers are under 40, the biggest age bracket, and 56% have a master's degree or higher. They typically work until 59 years old before retiring.
25. Do teachers do it for the money? In a study that asked teachers to rank the reasons they joined the profession, ‘money’ ranked only 11 out of 15, near the bottom.