What This Teacher Wants You To Know
“Every state and every community has school leadership that can sit down and can figure out solutions to the problem of reopening,” DeVos said. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of how.”
Recycled air pumped back into classrooms, social distancing made impossible by smaller cramped spaces. Substitutes ghosting schools who need them for teachers on leave. Extra personal for expanded bus routes due to social distancing guidelines and PPE for all teacher and students who need it are in short supply. These aren’t just tendencies on our parts to be fearful. These are real life and death circumstances. Let’s drop the political jargon and talk about who gets to live and who gets die!
The one thing Devos and I agree on is the fear factor.
This is a terrifying position to be in. I’ve been teaching for nearly 2 decades. I turn 50 in a matter of months and wonder if my body is able to survive a bout with Covid-19. Am I more at risk being African American and middle aged? I’m not just a teacher. I’m also a mom to two fantastic teenagers and a wife to Solomon. I dream of the day my husband and I celebrate our children’s milestones: first romantic relationships, grand kids, first home purchases and graduations. I don’t want to expose myself to a disease that could kill me and rob our family of these precious future events.
At the same time, I detest all of the comments online stating teachers simply don’t want to work. It’s unprofessional to tell other’s their hurtful comments suck, but they do! Like so many career teachers, we love what we do. We have fed and clothed kids in need. We pray for and wish our students well. Many of us love being an important adult in their lives. We need them as much as they need us.
When people take to keyboards pounding out hateful comments like “Fire them all” or teachers are “greedy and lazy”, Its infuriating and…