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.