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A Devastating Reality for Children, Parents, and Teachers in 2020

Before I write another word, it's imperative that everyone reading this blog knows you are respected, valued, and cherished.


I taught in public schools in a variety of teaching roles for over 12 years in counties both rural and urban, and I can tell you with everything I am that the expectations for teachers in 2020 are absolutely impossible to reach. As a matter of fact, the expectations were impossible before 2020, and we have had a mental health crisis with our teachers for years.


In our middle schools and high schools, one teacher is responsible for over 100 children. Over 100. Can you possibly imagine this?


The vast majority of teachers that I know personally- and I'm friends with tons- love their students unconditionally and want to serve through grace, but I can say that they are crying more now than ever before.


Let's look to the thoughts of one principal.


Brian McGill, the principal at Alta High School said, "This year, I’ve had more teachers on the verge of a nervous breakdown than ever before."


Why?


Caring for over 100 students as the beautiful individuals they are was nearly impossible before, but now that these faces are on a screen- and you can't even see all of the faces of your class at one time- a connection is being lost, and students are more distracted than ever before because they are not engaged, seen, and supported in a way that is meaningful.


Is virtual education the problem?