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The Sad Reality of Teaching Online

Survey says yes, Teachers say no. Although the greater majority of parents and students claim to appreciate their stay at home educators, teachers feel neglected just as they did before Covid-19.

Eight months ago, an everyday pedestrian would look at a teacher and say “I can do that!” Driving to work at 5 A.M. in the morning to educate our youth with an encouraging annual salary of thirty nine thousand dollars a year. This does not include the late nights of answering feverish emails and grading poorly attempted assignments.

How do they do it? With the frightening paychecks and high expectations there is not much reason to stay in the teaching game. The problem narrows down to appreciation. When a teacher gets an email from a student or parent, it is either going to be about a problem or criticism. One can not expect thanks in their profession. Parents want their children to do well, but they expect student instructors to educate the same way they did before covid, causing them to feel tired, stressed, and powerless, according to LisaRose Blanchette, 5th Grade Teacher.

Businesswire.com presents the statistic that; out of all student parents, “80% have newfound respect for teachers” since the outbreak. Despite this being true, educators’  feel no increase in appreciation from either students or parents. A teacher is plagued with condemnation and fault-finding on a daily basis. Parents’ newfound respect does not come with newfound succor.

Actions should match words. One could start by offering positive reinforcement through phone calls and emails. Maybe even go so far as to donate extra classroom supplies, and put in the work on assignments. Parents are more than free to encourage students to do so. It is important to be aware a little bit of gratitude goes a long way.