As schools in Mississippi and elsewhere try to figure out the right balance between in-person and distance learning next fall, we question some of the validity of a recent national survey of teachers when asked to compare the two.

In the USA Today/Ipsos poll, 83% of teachers surveyed said that they were having a harder time doing their job while schools were closed this spring because of the COVID-19 outbreak, and two-thirds said they had to work more than usual during distance learning.

We’ll buy the first answer, but not the second.

There may have been a small percentage of educators who put in more hours preparing lessons and delivering them by video, but most worked a lot less. There’s no way they couldn’t have, with parents having to pick up the bulk of the instruction, especially for those in the lower grades, and with little incentive for teachers or students to push themselves.

It was, in effect, a partial start of summer vacation for all involved. Pretending otherwise is dishonest.

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Lakeshore Lady

Wow! My Canvas analytics beg the differ. I cannot speak for anyone else, but everyone I know was exhausted from the round-the-clock service like shepherds trying not lose any of our sheep. In addition to my Canvas analytics, my email, & advisor’s log all tell a story that makes me wonder how I (we) pulled it off.


Slap in the face to all good teachers. Wow! You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Maybe it is due to the fact that you didn’t hear us complaining or demanding more money. Maybe it is due to the fact we aren’t looking for the proverbial pat on the back. Maybe it’s just what we teachers do. We go above and beyond even though we have people like you tearing us down all the time. Thanks editor, for the vote of no confidence. With support like this from our own hometown paper, it’s a good thing our students’ livelihood doesn’t depend on your opinion.


I’m not sure you can really comment on this unless you work for a school and saw what all our teachers had to do to make virtual learning happen. I’m a school SLP and while my hours were different from a typical school day, they were certainly not shorter. I was working many days for more than 12 hours. And the planning involved and Google meetings with parents, co-workers and children...they take a LONG time to coordinate, plan for, host. You are sorely mistaken if you think the majority of educators went on an early vacation! I think you owe educators a BIG apology.


Whomever wrote this article must not have any educators in their family...They would be disowned!!!!!

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