Hours into their new job as homeschoolers, caregivers are declaring their lifelong allegiance to those who've been handling their kids at school.
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic—as scary and devastating as it is—has also had some surprisingly good side effects. After an eternity of futile discussions on how to tackle homelessness, fear of the virus spreading to the homeless population has forced lawmakers to take immediate action to get them off the streets. Over in China, the shutdown resulted in an unprecedented drop in air pollution levels with many citizens revealing that the sky has been clearer than they can recall. Italy—the second-worst affected country—has also seen a significant improvement in air quality and a huge difference in the clarity of the water in Venice's famous canals.
Is there any "good news" related to the coronavirus? Perhaps, in reduced air pollution and carbon emissions – and in some places, lives saved. https://t.co/cj56NnpZYr— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 17, 2020
Another unforeseen outcome of the pandemic that has resulted in nationwide school closures is parents realizing just how underrated teachers are. Those who can afford to work from home are now faced with the task of educating their offsprings at home as well and for many, the experience is turning out to be a wakeup call on why the role of a teacher is no walk in the park. This newfound respect for those who've devoted their lives to shaping young minds has also made these temporary homeschoolers realize and accept that teachers deserve to make a lot more money than they currently do.
If people didn’t already believe that teachers deserve raises, the next several weeks of folks homeschooling their kids are really about to prove it.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) March 17, 2020
Just hours into their new job, caregivers across the nation were ready to declare all teachers as national treasures and rightfully so. Millions of parents and guardians who have grown accustomed to sending their children to traditional schools are just grasping how unprepared they are for a world without teachers. Many took to Twitter to share their homeschooling fails, some simply accepted that their kids probably aren't going to learn much until schools reopen and decided to have some fun.
Day 2 of homeschooling and I already want to quit my teaching job. I've always appreciated how hard teaching is, but let me just say it for the record: Our educators are amazing and we should pay them more, respect them more and show gratitude every single day.— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) March 17, 2020
Day 1 of being working remotely & occupying/“homeschooling” my 4 year old.— samantha (@XOsamazing) March 18, 2020
Naya: “mom we don’t say bad words right?”
Naya: “we don’t say damn it, or aww shit, right?”
Naya: “can I say dude?” pic.twitter.com/F1a9hZKPma
First day homeschooling be like pic.twitter.com/tYVH2vuNFV— María Bustamante (@mariiiiaaab) March 17, 2020
Me, perusing social media and seeing that every mom I know has seemingly, cheerfully, and-oh-so-easily adapted to a fun new #homeschooling program for their children, complete with strict wake up times, reading period, discussions, experiments, and even “recess”...! pic.twitter.com/2OEKGACOav— Shannon O'Donnell (@ShannonODKOMO) March 18, 2020
Day 1 of homeschooling and both of my students were expelled by lunchtime. What now??? #QuarantineDiariesMarch2020— Its still me, Jaylee (@MsJayLee22) March 18, 2020
California Governor just announced schools here unlikely to reopen this school year.. ie. UNTIL AUGUST. So now I have to queue for an hour to buy my husband a good bottle of scotch on my way home #coronavirus #Homeschooling— Amelia Adams (@AmeliaAdams9) March 18, 2020
“My teacher never shouts at me like that!” Says my 8 year old through tears.— Dan Thomas (@DanThomasESPN) March 17, 2020
Homeschooling day 2 starting to take its toll.
Meanwhile, the epiphany that teachers deserve to be paid a lot more than they currently are hit both celebs and non-celebs alike, who've now declared their lifelong allegiance to those who've been handling their kids at school.
Observations 2.5 hours into homeschooling 4 kids— Christina Marleau (@c_marleau) March 17, 2020
-teachers need to make more than professional athletes, CEO’s, and all of Hollywood combined
-homeschooling will NOT be on our future plan after this is over
-never too early for a drink
Been homeschooling a 6-year old and 8-year old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 16, 2020
47 minutes into homeschooling my child while working from home, and I’m about to hit the streets demanding teachers be paid a million dollars a year 😣. #coronavirus #Lockdownaustralia #WorkFromHome #Homeschooling #CoronaOutbreak #COVIDー19 #remoteworking pic.twitter.com/ur4mOy4ACe— Lauren (@lozf85) March 15, 2020
Day 1 of homeschooling: when this is all over, let’s double teacher pay, ok?— Caitlin Rogger (@Caitlin_Rogger) March 16, 2020
One hour into homeschooling and all I can say is teachers are heroes and patriots and they deserve huge raises.— Erin Pelton (@erin_pelton) March 16, 2020
Good morning to the parents out there embarking on improvisational homeschooling this morning. We can do this! (And when it is over let’s double public school teacher salaries because wow this is really hard.)— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) March 16, 2020
At the end of the first day of my kids being out of school after our attempts at “homeschooling”... my conclusion... teachers are superheroes. The end.— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) March 17, 2020
This pandemic has already revealed that:— Nicholas Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni) March 17, 2020
- schools are so much more than just schools.
- many people now realize how tough it is to be a teacher and that teachers are grossly underpaid.
- teachers are irreplaceable and essential to learning and education. #homeschooling
This #homeschooling ain’t it. Goes to show that it takes a special and skilled person to be a great teacher. Y’all teachers deserve much praise for doing what y’all do daily. These next few weeks are definitely going to test and hopefully build my patience. #woosah pic.twitter.com/ILkugDKp3s— Kellen Shervington (@DrKelz) March 17, 2020
Let's hope this epiphany doesn't fade off when schools reopen.
So all the memes about paying teachers more (due to homeschooling) are funny and all... but y’all better actually VOTE some people into office who can do something about it.— Paul Emerich France (he/him) (@paul_emerich) March 17, 2020
We are not a joke. We are not a flippant meme. Our work is REAL, and we need your support.#edchat