Widespread COVID-19 school closures put many parents in the role of overseeing their children’s education from home, and they’ve never appreciated teachers more.
by Emily Graham
Coronavirus-related school closures, and the resulting shift to distance learning, have parents more involved in their kids’ day-to-day education than ever. They’ve never appreciated teachers more. We rounded up a few parents’ tributes to teachers to help keep you going on tough days.
Powerhouse television producer Shonda Rhimes shared her thoughts on Twitter soon after she started homeschooling her two children. “Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week,” she tweeted.
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
Comedian and father of three Will Ferrell shared his opinion on a T-shirt reading, “Pay Teachers More Money.”
Two familiar faces from TV joined an educators’ Zoom meeting to thank teachers for all they do. “America’s Next Top Model” creator and mom Tyra Banks and actor Emily Hampshire from “Schitt’s Creek” surprised the teachers and talked about how their own teachers made a difference in their lives.
“I don’t know how you guys do it,” Banks told the teachers. “I am so happy that you guys are getting the respect that you deserve right now, because people were sleeping on y’all.”
Hampshire credited a teacher with encouraging her to get involved with school drama. “She is the reason I became an actor, 100 percent,” she said.
Thanks to the wonderful Tyra Banks and Emily Hampshire for taking the time to share some kind words to teachers during these unprecedented times! ❤️
Posted by Bored Teachers on Wednesday, April 15, 2020
In this dad’s YouTube rant about homeschooling “during the apocalypse,” he promised that after the crisis is over, he’ll join the school parent group and attend every school board meeting. And he offered some ideas for additional ways teachers should be compensated, saying teachers should get a butler, clothing, and cable all for free. “Teachers are amazing,” he said. “Thank you teachers for what you do. Just, freaking, thank you.”
These fathers made sure teachers at their school’s drive-by teacher appreciation event knew how they really feel, with signs reading “You’re awesome” and “You all get a gold star.”
Love seeing our AMAZING teachers!!!! Thank you Cracker Barrel!!!💜 HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK. pic.twitter.com/cp1NdVRyCU
— Denisha Presley (@denishapresley) May 8, 2020
Teacher Amy Gibson has built a strong following on TikTok during the quarantine period, in part from reading hilarious posts parents have written about their experiences of homeschooling. One gem: “Alexa, homeschool the children.”
Many parents felt unprepared to play a larger role in their child’s school lessons, but this mom figured out a way to feel more prepared—by holding photos of her child’s teachers in front of her face.
We ❤️ SMM Parents! #RemoteLearning is new and everyone is trying their best. Shout out to this Mom getting into the spirit of teaching AS her children’s homeroom teachers. #LOVE pic.twitter.com/k3ToNPU1gN
— St. Margaret Mary School (@SMMschoolOmaha) March 18, 2020
This parent on Instagram seems eager to give up her homeschooling role. “When do we find out our kids’ teachers for next year? I hope it’s not me again,” she posted.