The Washington Post says in its tweet that the year was “widely described” as the most grueling of the pandemic. We’re assuming they mean for teachers, and by “widely described,” they probably mean the dozens of tweets AFT president Randi Weingarten put out describing the stresses on teachers of the coronavirus pandemic.
We’d learned back in mid-November that Detroit public schools were going to move back to remote learning on Fridays this December allegedly to slow the spread of COVID-19. But the Post is reporting that teacher burnout is why some schools are moving to half-days and extended holiday breaks.
In a school year widely described as the most grueling of the pandemic, schools have come up with at least one fix for teacher burnout: more half days. https://t.co/Yu84BxNh1j
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 13, 2021
Half days wreak havoc on teachers’ efforts to get through material with all of their students.
— Tom (@ThosChamberlain) December 13, 2021
🤡 seems to be the trend of late.
— Tym Iszak 🛸 (@Tymiszak) December 13, 2021
I don’t give half days for my homeschooled kids. We love to learn. I love to teach. Anyone is welcome to drop their kids off every morning.
— Deckard Trebuchet (@xianorton) December 14, 2021
But how is that good for the kids’ education?
— UTIND (@utind84124) December 13, 2021
Nobody really cares about actually educating anyone anymore.
It’s all about nonsense like this. If schools are necessary, treat them like it.
— Matt (@PyreDruid) December 13, 2021
Those poor souls
— SET YOUR SOUL FREE (@ThanqFul4) December 14, 2021
— Wm. Brady (@WilliamBradyCoS) December 13, 2021
— J Smith (@fxes) December 13, 2021
Yes…. TEACHER burnout. THAT'S the problem.
Screw the kids
— J Of The Jay (@jabster42) December 14, 2021
Maybe we should be more concerned with the kids education instead of the teachers feelings? Just a thought
— StayWoke (@HotTakeDebate) December 14, 2021
— Dallas Grey (@DallasGrey3) December 14, 2021
Meanwhile parents have to make arrangements for their kids for the poor teachers needing half days. Nobody is giving me half days. I work for a large communication company. We had to keep working through this whole thing.
— FlyingASEL (@IFlyASEL) December 14, 2021
Notice how the story doesn't address the stress the kids had to go through? Many teachers got to stay home for a year. I doubt many would say that's super stressful.
Meanwhile, they make kids wear masks all day knowing that masks hurt kids more than they help them.
— Lee Grand (@LeeGrand18) December 14, 2021
Give them the whole summer off with pay. Oh, wait. Never mind.
— Dr. Jimmy and Mr. Jim (@lexitollah) December 14, 2021
Imagine if everyone was dealing with covid instead of just teachers.
— Dunder Chief (@RealDunderChief) December 14, 2021
These will become permanent.
— ryan thomas (@ryanthomas88882) December 14, 2021
Teacher burnout?!?! That's what you think the problem is? Teachers have more days off than ever now.
— Dean in RI (@deaninRI) December 14, 2021
— HobartJams7 (@HJams7) December 14, 2021
I have a better fix. Defund public schools.
— Meat Popsicle (@MeatPopsicle17) December 14, 2021
We’re not seeing a lot of support for the idea in the replies. Some are saying students would have half-days, but teachers would stay the whole day and use their alone time to grade papers and work on lesson plans — but is that really best for students?
Detroit school district will move to remote learning on Fridays this December to slow COVID spread https://t.co/J4LNFDqlqJ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 17, 2021