First off, I’ll start with a general complaint toward parents. Parents have no respect for education and no desire to parent their children. Any action of parenting that is “hard,” is avoided. Children are supplied with an endless amount of screens and junk food as a reward for not making parents demonstrate parenting. Parents therefore do not support education in the home and never do anything related to checking the academic progress of their children. They don’t care if their children even attend class… As long as those children are not in their home during the day. School is only for babysitting. If their child is disrespectful, vandalizes something, or hurts someone, it’s automatically the teachers fault. Period.
(I know there are a select few humans who are better than that. So if you are, then paragraph 1 does not apply to you. However, it does apply to the majority of our country.)
Next we’ll point out state and federal governments. Ever notice how there are hundreds of ways to cut funding for education? Even worse, it’s extremely easy to lose funding for high-risk populations who are lower achieving. BUT THOSE ARE THE SCHOOLS WHO NEED MORE FUNDING. Those kids need extra resources! It’s a backassward plan. When it comes down to it, teachers are spending their own money to provide pencils, paper, and assignments to kids. BUT school districts and governments blame the teachers if the kids don’t pass the state test. Let’s take a look at this more in depth. Please see paragraph 1 first. Then, please note that corporal punishment is out. Now look deeper in the district I work at. Kids are skipping class: fighting, selling and doing drugs in the hallways, having sex, letting fire extinguishers loose, getting into custodian closets and cutting power to parts of the building, stealing various items, having food fights, etc. But suspension is not allowed. Even a male student who punches a female administrator when she tries to break up a fight can’t be suspended because when he was, the district office administrators reversed the suspension. There is no detention, Saturday School, or other consequences. The parents don’t care if their children go to class. BUT SOMEHOW districts, administrators, and parents say it is the fault of the teachers when these kids don’t score a magic number on a state test.
In fact, let’s go back to the parents. Parents reward these kids by giving them cell phones and buying them video games. Then, when their child misbehaves again, they say, “Not my child. That teacher is making up stories about my kid.” Then, when they get a phone call during their child’s senior year saying the child does not have enough credits to graduate, they act flabbergasted and beg for the school to fix it for them. (I’ll tell you a secret: in most cases, the school district I work in does fix it. They change grades and transcripts in order to hand out diplomas and boost their graduation rates.). But remember, these parents never cared the 3 previous years when their kid skipped class of they got a phone call home saying their kid was a a fight. Those things are normal and accepted.
Let’s fast forward to this Covid19 Pandemic. Teachers go out of their way to turn their in-person curriculum into something that can be done online. News spreads through social media about teachers who brought technology, food, paper-based assignments, medicine, toys, etc. to their students who were in need. They rushed to learn new technology and plan new engaging e-learning activities. But they were undermined by state education agencies and school districts who said that grades don’t count during the online learning. Grades were frozen at quarter 3 because online learning is new, scary, and too hard for careless parents to deal with at home. Somewhere on our webpage, our school district claims to prepare students for the real world and offer them a rigorous curriculum. There is nothing rigorous about “you don’t have to do these assignments to pass this class.” My friends had to work from home. Their workload didn’t change. Their deadlines didn’t disappear. My friends with jobs in the real world kept working. Some of them had to continue to go to work in person every day. So tell me, how does “you don’t have to do school work anymore because pandemics are scary” prepare my high school students for the expectations of the real world? As far as I can tell, we didn’t even provide a remotely similar experience to real world expectations. Meanwhile, teachers were being held to the standard of contacting the parents of every student every week and documenting each instance in no less than 3 places. (No. I’m not joking. This is not hyperbole. Quite literally instructions were “call and document repeatedly.”) When student participation in online learning was less than 30%, what happened? That’s right. They blamed the teachers. But they are the ones who told students and their families that the online learning assignments didn’t matter. THEY undermined the teachers’ efforts and then blamed the teachers.
NOW FOR THE KICKER. The lovely group called The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that online learning is more harmful to kids than the coronavirus. First of all, do you know how many sick kids come into my classroom on a daily basis? They won’t stay home because the have a symptom. Don’t tell me you’ll check temperatures at the door. Kids let their friends in locked doors of the building all the time so they can hang out with their friends in the hallway. If, for some reason you solve that problem and get the 50% of my class who are skipping into my classroom, where do you propose they sit? I see 35 names on the roster and 30 desks squished up against the walls, that table you call my desk, and even against the dry erase board they are supposed to be able to see when I’m giving direct instruction. I can barely walk between desks, let alone imagine what it would be like to have 6 feet of distance between me and the students by my desk. But anyways, you physicians have probably never set foot in an inner city school. Don’t tell me the kids have to wear PPE. The school can’t even get them to follow the mandatory rule of “wear your student ID at all times.” Did you read the paragraph before this one? How is this safer? How is hanging out in the hallway with fights, drugs, etc. and a potentially fatal virus healthier for our kids than online learning? Oh, that’s right… You don’t think kids should be at home with parents who don’t parent and parents who don’t respect education. You think that teachers care about the kids and their education… Except you demonstrate the opposite in everything you say, publish, and do when you constantly blame, undermined, and fail to support the teachers.
Gosh, all this and I haven’t even told you what REALLY ANGERED ME, yet. Those moronic physicians said teachers need to be kept away from other adults. Keep us socially distanced, but not those irresponsible children. That statement is COMPLETE AND TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE WELL BEING OF TEACHERS. Expose them to all the germs of the kids: no big deal. Cut them off from their professional development meetings: no big deal. Cut them off from their co-workers who plan with them, help with discipline, break up fights, or just provide a listening ear: no big deal. Make sure that teachers are cut off from adults so they can’t have parent conferences when a child misbehaves or hasn’t turned in any work, because of course, we want teachers to be responsible watchers. No, not a baby sitter. A watcher. Just watch as the children act out. Just watch while they play video games, FaceTime, and share pornography during your class. Just watch because parents are too busy spreading half truths and personal opinions on their own social media to be burdened by actually caring about their child’s education. We need somewhere to put mini and young humans during the day so the rest of society doesn’t have to be burdened by them and because you are a child-watcher, who is purposefully exposed to viruses and bacteria all day long, you aren’t allowed to interact with other adults in society.
That’s it. Isn’t it? The answer to the question in my title. I knew if I wrote enough I’d come up with an answer. So why does everyone hate teachers?
Because America needs somewhere to put mini and young humans during the day so the rest of society doesn’t have to be burdened by them… And anyone who is dealing with the things you don’t want to deal with is automatically less than you are. Teachers are therefore a lesser class, hated and disrespected by those who don’t want to deal with the hard things in life like their child’s education. I suppose that ultimately, we also are the ones who can expose that fault of yours. Teachers are the ones who tell you when your child misbehaves, hasn’t been sleeping at night due to social media or YouTube, or isn’t performing high enough academically. Teachers unintentionally expose your parenting faults… The things you want to keep hidden. Therefore, you, as a society, have found plenty of ways to hate us. Including and up to, “expose them to the pandemic and make sure they have no social interaction with people who have higher class jobs again.”