83%? Even if it was a poll designed to get a certain response, that is a remarkably high figure.
From the article:
A new poll indicates that more than four-fifths of school staff (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months.
Given a list of issues and symptoms they may have experienced, some 84 per cent of those polled by the NASUWT teaching union said that they have lost sleep due to their work, while three in four (54 per cent) have experienced anxiousness and a similar proportion (74 per cent) reported low energy levels.
Just under a fifth (19%) said they had lost their appetite and over one in 10 (11 per cent) said they had started to use, or increased their use, of anti-depressants.
Around nine per cent had had a relationship break down, while around seven per cent had started to take, or were taking more, prescription drugs.
These are disturbing results.
My guess is that if we polled New York's teachers the numbers would be similar because of what teaching has become in our schools. We are subjected to Danielson drive-by observations combined with test scores on tests that aren't designed to rate teachers being used to rate us. Or we are rotating Absent Teacher Reserves. Many of us are being judged by incompetent and/or viscious administrators and we have to put up with unruly students who in many cases are unwilling learners. It is a recipe for deteriorating health for teachers. Throw in a union that won't fight back in public and we are in real trouble.
Here is a major difference between England and New York. In their official response to the poll, England's Department of Education stated in part:
"Where staff are struggling, we trust headteachers to take action to tackle the causes of stress and ensure they have the support they need."
In New York, one of the main priorities of too many administrators seems to be to add to that stress.
How is the stress level of our readers? As we head back to school on Wednesday, we certainly are interested in hearing how you feel about the impact of the job on your health.