I’m Over The Teacher Hate

I know it was a roller-coaster kind of a year for everyone, but teachers might have had the worst ride of all.

I'm Over The Teacher HateA year ago, teachers were overworked and underpaid, but at least we showed them our gratitude by sending in snacks for conference nights and giving gifts on holidays and Teacher Appreciation Day.

Then the world shut down, including our schools, and when faced with teaching our own kids on a daily basis, we suddenly realized how much we need our teachers. 

From March to June, teachers were heroes in the community. We put up signs in our yard thanking our staff for trying to figure out virtual learning on the fly. Schools held neighborhood parades to see their kids that they missed so much, and we cheered and waved. I read article after article about how grateful we all suddenly were for our teachers.

And now? Teachers are the villains.

They are, according to some, lazy, whiny, cowardly adults who can’t figure out how to get these darn kids back in school face to face. After months of virtual learning and seeing our children struggle, many parents and other adults who don’t have kids but obviously know everything have decided that everything bad happening is the fault of our teachers.

Increased suicide rate? Teachers.

Depression and anxiety in kids? Teachers’ fault.

Lack of socialization? Teachers.

The teacher hate is out of control.

Nevermind that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Nevermind that EVERYONE is struggling. Oh, and by the way, teachers RARELY get to make the decisions about whether schools are in-person or not. Plus teachers are asked (or in Iowa’s case, required) to return to school without any assurance of proper measures set in place to protect them from this disease. 

One angry father even “said the quiet part out loud” when he told his local school board that his child’s education is more important than the lives of teachers and that having kids back in school is “more important than if a teacher were to contract COVID and pass away”.

This is especially heinous knowing that 24 school staff members in Iowa have died from COVID-19 this year. 

People, it’s time to stop treating teachers as expendable. 

They have been working harder than ever. The job constantly changes when guidelines are adjusted. They have gone from virtual to hybrid to in-person, and sometimes back and forth several times. Many teach online and in-person students at the same time. You may not realize they received little to no training for this. They don’t get paid extra for doing double the work. And they certainly aren’t “lazing around, watching TV all day instead of working”, as one Facebook commenter alleged.

This pandemic has exposed the major shortcomings of our education system.

It shouldn’t be the job of our schools to provide childcare, meals, supplies, mental health counseling, and education on top of it all. Yet, somehow, that’s where we are. And when physical buildings are closed, much of that went away or was greatly curtailed. Parents and families were definitely in crisis, and I mourn that not everyone could keep their children safe and healthy, mentally or physically.

But teachers? They never stopped working, caring for, and helping your children.

Not happy with the way your school handled things? You want things to change? By all means, advocate for your child and what he/she needs. But let’s not make it our kids’ lives vs. teachers’ lives. That’s not productive or, really, acceptable.

Please stop the teacher hate.

They are still overworked and underpaid, they’ve risked their lives throughout this pandemic, and they do it all while being vilified in the media. Exceptional teachers are leaving the profession in droves after this mess of a year, and there aren’t exactly classrooms full of teachers in the wings waiting to replace them. We face the threat of a serious teacher shortage, and part of it is our fault.

So as we return from spring break, stop and send a thank you to your child’s teacher(s).

Next time you’re frustrated with virtual learning or the fact that your kid has to wear a mask all day, stop and think instead about the many positive things your teacher and your school have done this year, and save the hate for your journal instead of your Facebook page.

 Make sure you never miss out on a parenting or community-related blog post: sign up to receive Cedar Rapids Moms posts in your inbox.  While you’re at it, join our VIP List to ensure you’re one of the first to know about upcoming Cedar Rapids Moms events and promotions!!


Free Family-Friendly Activities | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Looking for some budget-friendly fun to keep the kiddos entertained? From exploring parks to markets, and cultural spots, Cedar Rapids has a ton of free family-friendly activities for you and your little ones to...

Where to See Fireworks | In & Around Cedar Rapids in 2024

Fireworks are quintessential to ring in America's birthday celebration! You have bought your family red, white and blue outfits, sparklers are ready to light up the evening, the grill is ready to go with...

Parenting a Child with ADHD: A Mom’s Journey + Tips

Parenting is an adventure filled with unexpected twists and turns. When my child was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), it added a new dimension to this journey. It’s a path filled with challenges, discoveries,...

Father’s Day Events | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th. And while we don't need a single day to honor Dads and father figures (we should celebrate them every day!), make Sunday meaningful, special, and fun as you...

2024 Summer Fairs & Festivals | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is buzzing with summer fun! Think cotton candy, Ferris wheels, and games galore! From the Freedom Festival to local fairs, there's something for everyone. This list of events will be growing all...
Join our community.
Be the first to know about new resources, can't-miss happenings, and new blog articles! 
Yay, we're so glad you're here! Keep an eye on your inbox