Everyone thinks teaching is a cush job with long vacations and summer breaks until you’re forced to actually try to teach your own hellbeasts at home.
Schools around the country (and the world) are closed indefinitely, as a response to the WHO and CDC recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19. That means parents everywhere are scrambling to figure out who is going to watch their kids, how they’re going to get any work done with kids at home, and yeah, why they ever imagined that learning at home would be any kind of break.
Basically, people are now willing to pay teachers whatever they would like if they’ll just take their kids away again.
Writer and producer Shonda Rhimes kicked off a viral Twitter thread.
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
Below are 11 of my favorite responses!
11. That’s…a lot of kids to corral.
Yes!!! I love teachers and respect them sooo much more after day 1 😅 pic.twitter.com/8Y05YewE1m
— Lori (@E_vln) March 16, 2020
10. That seems about right.
— B-bop (@3dirtyboyz) March 16, 2020
9. Give me the hormonal teens any day.
I’m an elementary school teacher (so is my wife) – thanks, but at least we have students who are mostly non-hormonal. Unlike what you deal with!
— Season Tickets by Larry (@SeasonTickets_) March 16, 2020
8. This should have been a thing a long time ago.
I’m a high school teacher and have always felt that elementary school teachers and early childhood educators should get massive raises.
— Sonia Rebelo (@MariaSinfonica) March 16, 2020
7. No, thank you.
Now imagine 25 of them in one classroom!
— Christina Timrud (@TinaTimrud) March 16, 2020
6. Hahaha like you’re going to be able to do your own work, too.
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
5. The transition could take some time.
— Cory Childs (@corychilds07) March 16, 2020
4. Can you even imagine?
Last year my class capped at a total of 33 third graders… by myself… 7:30am-4pm.
— Diamond (@chez_sheree) March 16, 2020
3. The field trips will have to be on hold, but God love her on the rest.
— Kristin L. Krueger (@kristinlkrueger) March 15, 2020
2. Okay but your kid not speaking to you isn’t terrible.
8 year old is covered in paint. 17 year old is not speaking to me because pandemic is ruining her social life and it is obviously my fault.
— Cara Biddings (@BiddingsCara) March 16, 2020
1. It seems like such a small ask, and yet…
Thank you, and we would be happy with a livable wage so we don’t have to work multiple jobs.
— Nicholas Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni) March 16, 2020
I vote that we immediately decide to pay teachers much, much more.
If you can argue with me…wait, you can’t…
Let’s just all start a petition in the comments