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Fed-Up Teacher Quits After 20 Years Via Emotional Facebook Post, Calls Out ‘Toxic’ Profession

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

For the past 20 years, Jonathan Carroll has been an integral part of the education system in Lake County, Florida.

When he started his career teaching social studies and working in administration, he was enthusiastic and proud. He loved making a difference in children’s lives and faced each school day with gusto.

But over time, Jonathan found himself coming home frustrated and upset. The job stresses started seeping into his home life. The last thing he wanted was for work to have a negative effect on his wife and their two kids.

So after two decades in education, Jonathan decided to leave teaching behind — and now he’s leaving it all on the table.

Jonathan made his decision to quit and swiftly took to Facebook to vent about what he calls a “toxic profession.” He was feeling alone and didn’t know if there’d be any support from readers online.

Jonathan explained his issues aren’t necessarily with the Lake County school district, but with the general state of education — the rampant drug use, frequent school shootings, seemingly constant testing, micromanagement… and his list goes on and on. In his now-viral post, he describes the profession as a “soulless industrial education complex where admin cares more about the test scores than their faculty or students.”

His post went viral. Now people all over the country are weighing in on Jonathan’s moving testimony with more support than he ever imagined.

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