I haven’t done a full-on rant here on the blog for quite a while and honestly, it’s about time. This has been coming up time and time again in my social media feeds and I need to get this off my chest.
Here’s the thing: I never wanted to be a teacher.
With kids suddenly being at home and parents suddenly having to handle taking on the task of online schooling for their children, there’s been all these posts and memes about ‘oooh, now you know how hard teachers jobs are’ and ‘ooooh I’m going to buy my teacher a jug of wine for dealing with my kid’ and ‘this proves that teachers should make a billion dollars!’
And yes, teaching is hard.
But here’s the thing. Most of us parents didn’t sign up to be teachers.
We didn’t go to college with the goal of working in education. We didn’t decide that our professional passion was to teach math or ELA or health. This isn’t the job that we chose. Or even the job that we found that we excelled at.
At no point in my life have I ever said, “wow, I really want to be a 2nd grade teacher.”
And it has nothing to do with my kid, or how much I like my kid. I think my kid is awesome and I love spending time with him.
You know what I don’t love?
Working a full-time job as the Marketing Director at a law firm AND suddenly having to work a second job as his teacher.
It’s not about me simply teaching my son. It’s about already being stressed out and burnt-out and anxious and ALSO having the weight of my child’s education fall on my shoulders.
Jack is already slower when it comes to reading, I worry (and worry and worry and worry) that with this gap in his schooling that he will fall even further behind. I worry that I’m a shitty teacher because I don’t do this random bullshit way of math that they are teaching him. I worry that I’m splitting my focus too much between my REAL job that I get paid for and this BONUS job of teaching my kid.
Teachers are people who have chosen their profession because they want to do it. Teaching is their job. And good for them.
I didn’t choose this. The other parents didn’t choose this. Teaching is a profession. At no point would someone be expected to suddenly be an engineer, physical therapist, tractor trailer driver… on TOP of their normal job.
So, for all the parents out there scrambling to keep up with your full-time job from home, keep your family fed and healthy, pay your bills, teach your child(ren) and maybe even shower and get dressed… I see you. I feel you. I AM YOU. And I think we all need a dang vacation when this is all over.