Dear Teachers: Missed Calls and Meetings Don’t Equal Not Caring About Our Kids
Some advice: Not all parent meetings have to be from 3–6 p.m., and most can be via Zoom
School is about to start, and I know most educators are hopeful and optimistic about the new academic year. As a former K-12 teacher, I remember looking at my list of students with a tinge of excitement and nervousness from the previous year. Back in the day, I would have tried calling the contact numbers to introduce myself and let my student’s parent or guardian know who I am and how excited I was to meet and teach their child.
This year feels different. This summer has been a doozy! Between the brutal heat, the wave of gun violence, inflation, and high prices for gas, food, and school supplies — a lot of people are stressed. Covid-19 reinfection rates are on the rise and just as parents and educators prepare for the regular back-to-school kiddie germs, cooties, and colds, now monkeypox has been added to the mix.
I get it — we’ve got a lot on our minds and the pandemic and quarantine have changed everything about teaching and learning. A lot of poor districts are still playing catch up due to the digital divide and housing issues we discovered during the quarantine. I’ve heard so many dedicated teachers and educators talk about all the lost connections, and academic gains. Public school culture and traditions have changed due to Covid-19 and school safety protocols.
Most parents (and educators) are busy working to make ends meet — but now more than ever.
However, as a parent and former teacher coach, I beg all K-12 educators (including myself) to please don’t give up on our student’s parents or village before we start — especially in Black, brown, or impoverished areas. Our struggles aren’t an excuse, they are real and we can work together.
…Please don’t make the apathetic assumption that we don’t care because you couldn’t reach us or we didn’t or can’t attend in-person meetings.
I’ve been talking to a lot of parents, educators, and community members and there’s a lot of frustration. Some people say that…