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Parents-Turned-Homeschoolers Agree: Teachers Are Amazing!

As parents face the reality of having to teach their kids at home, the hard work and low pay real educators endure comes into focus.
Published: March 19, 2020

As parents everywhere in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak are trying to keep instruction going at home with their children, they're realizing something: Teaching is very hard work! Though it comes as no surprise to educators, it feels good to be acknowledged by so many, even in these dire circumstances.

It's been a stressful time for everyone, so we thought we could lighten the mood a bit with a round-up of shout outs from the twittersphere that say it all -- teachers are amazing, they work extremely hard, and they deserve much higher pay.

Now that ALL the kids are home from school indefinitely… People realize TEACHERS should get Waaaaaay more pay..

— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 18, 2020

Day 2 of homeschooling and I already want to quit my teaching job. I've always appreciated how hard teaching is, but let me just say it for the record: Our educators are amazing and we should pay them more, respect them more and show gratitude every single day.

— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) March 17, 2020

Home schooling has begun here and I can say with absolute conviction that teachers should be paid like CEOs.

— John Chandler (@JohnChandlerNBC) March 16, 2020

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

One hour into homeschooling and all I can say is teachers are heroes and patriots and they deserve huge raises.

— Erin Pelton (@erin_pelton) March 16, 2020

Day 1 of homeschooling: when this is all over, let’s double teacher pay, ok?

— Caitlin Rogger (@Caitlin_Rogger) 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

One of the “winners” in all of this are teachers. So many parents are trying to home school and finding out how insanely difficult teaching is and gaining a whole new level of respect for teachers.

— Touré (@Toure) March 17, 2020

a bunch of the “Teachers Dont Deserve $100K A Year” crowd who gotta stay home with their kids now and homeschool them are figuring out that teaching one or two kids is hard enough let alone 28 of them lol

— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) March 16, 2020

I wonder how many parents homes schooling today still think teaching is an easy profession and teachers are overpaid? Keeping in mind teachers have 30 kids per class.
Teachers may be getting some sweet notes or treats or maybe even some apologies in a few weeks. 😃

— 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐝 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 (@DrBradJohnson) March 17, 2020


— THE KID MERO 🇩🇴 (@THEKIDMERO) March 16, 2020

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