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Teachers Have Been Heroes During COVID

June 30, 2020

In this time we are living in right now, I thought it would be an appropriate post to talk about the goodness of our countries schoolteachers and what they’ve done for our children.

Just as the rest of us were blindsided by COVID-19, so were the nation’s teachers. They were teaching from their classrooms one day, and forced to teach in front of cameras just a few days later.

Everything changed for them. They had no more physical connection with their students. Their teaching methods were no longer relevant in quite the same ways. They had to learn quickly about teaching in an entirely different environment, and then go about doing it!

Teachers are special for so many reasons, and in so many ways, to children while they’re in school; and their influence can often remain for a lifetime.

Most of us can say who our favorite teacher was from our years growing up. And we can say what it was about that teacher that made them so special. They had a certain love for learning and a way of sharing that love, which made them stand out above the rest, right?

In our country’s current state, I believe that teachers will be remembered forever for the role they’re playing in continuing to teach during this state of emergency. They are heroes, really.

This excerpt from Virtue in War goes to show just what impact a good teacher can make:

“The virtues and flaws of the good and bad teachers who had been such a part of their lives were the subject of their banter and recollections. Anna Marie, a child of the Depression, as were they all, would never in the years that followed take food for granted. As she recalled all the years she shared in common with her friends, one event stood out, one that was a mystery, and had her believing in miracles.

“I wonder where all that food came from when Mrs. Bass gave us that third grade party?”

The group had nothing but blank stares instead of answers, seeming to have forgotten it. Not Anna Marie. “I’m going over to the grade school and ask her. That was a big influence in my life, and I never told her. I’m not sure we really thanked her for being such a wonderful teacher for all of us.”

Anna Marie, Danny, and their friends went straight to Mrs. Bass’ classroom as she was packing up her things, leaving for retirement. She was sad and sentimental, reminiscing about all the students she had taught in that very classroom for so many years. And then Anna Marie, Danny, and the others showed up on the day of their high school graduation and surprised her.

“She shook off the cloud, squared her shoulders, and stood up. It was then that she saw that she wasn’t really alone.

Her glorious smile radiated from her face, and a twinkle returned to her eyes. ‘You wonderful rascals! You’ve caught me muttering and feeling sorry for myself, just like a crazy old woman. You know, we have something in common. Today is the last day of school for you in this district, and it is for me as well.’

Smiles were exchanged, and then her former pupils felt a little embarrassed. They didn’t quite know what to say or do.

‘Well, don’t just stand there,’ she said. ‘Take your seats, so I can take roll just one more time and find out who is absent.’”

And from there, Mrs. Bass talked about what every one of her students in their graduating class had been up to for the past nine years. She had kept track. They had made a big impact on her, just as she had made on them.

When we all look back on this experience 10 years from now, students today will be saying, “Remember when Mrs. So-in-so taught us from her living room while we were in ours?!” And for certain, the teachers will be saying the same thing. This time,  and these experiences, are something nobody will ever forget.

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