Schools are being closed all over the world as COVID-19 spreads. While healthy kids are generally much safer from the virus, seeming to recover quickly and fully, grouping them all together to spread it around is a bad idea. They’re still going home where their parents and perhaps grandparents or immunocompromised relatives are waiting. Social distancing is the best chance authorities have found to help slow the spread, and that includes kids, too.
That means parents are suddenly being thrust into the world of homeschooling—or all-day child care. And a lot of them are not dealing with it very well! Finding activities to occupy and teach their children for a full school day is hard. That’s because schools are as much about giving children someplace to be when their parents are as work as it is about learning:
A lot of the #homeschooling schedules parents are sharing reveal what regular school hours have hidden from so many: school can be done in under 3 hours a day. pic.twitter.com/W3VG6UExsQ
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) March 16, 2020
This pandemic has already revealed that:
– 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
— Nicholas Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni) March 17, 2020
There are some teachers who are able to enjoy a minute of rest and the knowledge that parents are finding out just how hard their job really is:
Me, a teacher, thinking about the parents stuck #homeschooling their bad ass kids. Struggling to help them with the difficult homework I assigned, all the while I’m home playing video games and masturbating. pic.twitter.com/MIzztcGhPl
— Wildcat Howl 😼 (@WildcatHowl) March 16, 2020
And they are learning. Everyone new to homeschooling seems to be tweeting about how difficult it is and how it is making them reconsider how teachers are paid. “Criminally under” would describe it.
Let’s hope homeschooling teaches parents a lesson on how they advocate and support teachers when their kids return to school.
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
I am 30 minutes into home schooling my 6 year old. I suggest that all school teachers are paid £1m per year from now on.
— Roger Mac Ginty (@rogermacginty) 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
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
— B-bop (@3dirtyboyz) March 16, 2020
Yes!!! I love teachers and respect them sooo much more after day 1 😅 pic.twitter.com/8Y05YewE1m
— Lori (@E_vln) March 16, 2020
It is day 1 of #homeschooling & my kids have nicknamed me Ms Trunchbull. All I gotta say is I understand her much more than I ever did. I also heard them say can we do a reverse Matilda & put her in the chokey😂 Please Lord bless this house bc we may not all make it through lol pic.twitter.com/MO2xz9AdVF
— Chelle Luper Wilson (@chellewilsonaka) March 17, 2020
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
“A Practical Guide to Faeries” is an informational text for Common Core ELA purposes, yes?#homeschooling #DnD4e pic.twitter.com/SqJKGvfbeX
— Padmewan is self-quarantined (@PadmewanGM) March 17, 2020
We went from “home-schooling” to a roller skating party real quick. #homeschooling pic.twitter.com/W36hZMG65O
— Cory Childs (@corychilds07) March 16, 2020