This pandemic opened our eyes to difficult lessons. I have no children but I take classes online. Teachers have one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs that exist. Very few teachers are wealthy. A vast majority are grossly overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. They chose the profession because they love teaching and wanted to make a difference. Unfortunately, too many of them are forced out of teaching when they reach certain age levels, are prone to budget cuts, and are forced to purchase their supplies out of their pockets. Many of them will never achieve the respect they should be granted. I’ve heard many parents over the last few months agonizing over the lessons that they have to go through with their children. If this pandemic has taught us all anything, it’s that our teachers are a strong force that needs to be appreciated more and better respected.
Many of the teachers I’ve spoken with have said their workloads have tripled since the pandemic. Some are forced to retire early because they can’t keep up with the demands of online learning. They recognize that many of the students don’t have access to the internet or the ability to learn easily online. These are challenges that many school systems are having to juggle and there are very few clear-cut answers. Parents are having to step up too. They are expanding their teaching skills by not only teaching life lessons to their kids but also having to educate them to ensure they keep up with their assignments. I’ve heard several of them mention that some of what their kids are learning is beyond their teaching ability. There is a level of frustration that continues to rise with this pandemic.
I hope this pandemic shines a light on how indispensable teachers are. Instead of pushing so many out, we need to find ways to thank them for their service. Teachers are the heroes that help educate kids to be the best they can be. Yes, there are bad teachers. But for every bad teacher, there are a ton of great ones who are consistently bogged down with so much they burn out.
Cherish our teachers, respect them, value them, and learn from them. We are all students until we pass onto the next world. Every day is filled with lessons. So to all the men and women who keep pushing us all to keep going, growing, and learning – thank you. Your actions and lessons are helping us create better opportunities in this world. You are helping all of us cope with an impatient world and showing that patience does pay off in the long run.