Going to the shops recently, I was met by a familiar and friendly face who greeted me with something I wasn’t expecting: “it’s alright for you, you don’t have to get up early and go to work now”, in reference to the fact that as a teacher, during the time of COVID-19 restrictions, I am working from home. Sadly this attitude is becoming the norm, especially of recent times.
All you have to do is look at the news, open a paper, or look on social media to see the extent of how much teachers are being criticised for ‘not working’ or it’s time for us to ‘go back to work’. The truth be told, teachers have never stopped working.
The reality is teachers are probably working now more than ever before and I’m saying that from a profession who nearly all work 20-30 hours per week over their contracted hours year after year for no extra pay, go in during school holidays, and work weekends, all to make sure everything is okay for our children, because we care.