There isn’t much that can make me excited about my schools being open and that means a lot to me. I’m happy to see that my schools are once again back to normal. This means that I can finally come home to a quiet, clean environment for my kids to go to school in.
This is a huge problem. When schools are closed it puts a lot of stress on parents to find ways to keep their kids in school. Often times they end up losing their jobs due to lack of students so they can’t be there to help kids. And then there are all those children who can become depressed because they feel that their school is too far away from their home or they feel like their school has gone to hell.
I know all this, and I know that even if I was to stay home my kids would still want me to come home. My kids are also very smart, so they will probably be able to do well in that environment. But I do get that I should probably be going to school.
The fact that schools are closing because of lack of students, and then the fact that kids are depressed because they feel like their school is too far from home, you’d think could be the thing that could trigger depression. I mean, we can’t really blame teachers for the whole thing. We can blame school districts for not having enough students, and then we can blame our own school system for not having enough students.
Well, duh. That’s what they do. But schools are no longer the bastion of the free and open society they were in the ’70s and ’80s. We’re at a point where the school system can hardly afford to have enough students attending, and that’s why the fact that many students are depressed could be the root of it.
Yes, the fact that schools are struggling to even get enough students to go to class, much less actually get those students to show up for class, is a problem. But it is not just a problem for teachers. Schools are also struggling to keep up with the needs of students (which is why we have such an awesome school district system). As a result, students are taking school more and more seriously, and they are also feeling the effects of the stress.
I remember when I was in school back in the day, it was just hard to find a decent teacher if you were at the middle or high school level. Teachers were getting paid much less than they used to, and they were the only ones who had to worry about running out of money. It was also very common for teachers to have to do extra work on the weekends or after school, as well as when they were off sick.
Students are feeling the pressure today. There are more and more school shootings happening in the world, and teachers are feeling the effects. In fact, according to a recent survey, many schools are asking for extra security on their campus, but not all schools are asking for it. Still, there are plenty of schools on lockdown right now, and many teachers are stressed out by the constant fear and uncertainty.
The last few months have definitely been a wakeup call to teachers how critical it is to be vigilant. Many teachers are taking extra precautions, like not allowing students to eat in the cafeteria, but on the whole the majority of schools are doing their part to protect their students.
Schools are still on lockdown though.