T is for Teachers

Whether you are a parent or a student, you have at least one favorite teacher. If you are a parent, that teacher may be the one who helped you navigate the complicated world of special education services for your child or who would call you to share your child’s successes, rather than focus on their failures. If you are a student, that teacher may be the one who taught you to read, gave you lunch money, gave you a compliment, or helped you look at the world in a different way. Now, imagine if that teacher were no longer there. Thousands of students, families, schools, and communities have been faced with that horrible reality as teachers and education staff have been stricken by COVID and died. Alexandra Robbins, an education reporter and author, evaluates how teachers have been excluded from the pandemic school decision-making process, while organized parent groups have heavily influenced decision-makers. The “callous disregard” for the lives of education staff has hit teachers and other staff hard. It has made them question their professions, particularly when some parents and decision-makers treat them as replaceable or disposable and disparage them on social media.Ms. Robbins describes many educators who have lost their lives, but we would like to point out a few not mentioned in her story whose lives have had an outsized impact in their school…

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