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Abstract

Teachers have become the major source of discussion, occasionally blamed for students’ poor performance, failure, and poor implementation of new reforms. This paper explores and discusses the recent issues with which teachers from the United States of America and South Africa are confronted, including teacher layoffs, abolishment of teacher tenure, evaluation of teachers by their students’ tests score, teacher lack of support, deteriorating school condition, and mixed messages over what teachers should do. In discussing these issues, the paper raises many questions and concerns and argues that too much of a pressure on teachers will not necessary brings the desired outcomes, but rather be the recipe for disaster for our education system. To conclude, it proposes some of the things to be considered in order to change the current status quo while yielding the desired results.

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