COVID-19 education impact

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Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share

31 March 2020

Putting up their dukes: The COVID-19 education impact

The following post on the COVID-19 education impact is written by freelance brand strategist Mark Dougherty, who serves as a public school administrator

I can be one snarky dude, especially when it comes to the American educational system. But not when it comes to the COVID-19 education impact.

Maybe it’s because I am nearing my 20th year in the business and I’ve heard the nagging for decades. You know, the bots on social media demanding they get respect, or that others ought to do their job. Better yet, how the profession is underpaid and undervalued. So it goes. As does my eye-rolling. 

On the whole, we teachers have it pretty good. And the great majority of us (yup, even the Facebook “woe-is-me” collective) are passionate, dedicated and driven. And it’s why I’ll happily keep the good fight for another decade and beyond.

But let me say this as loudly as I can:

Last week, we didn’t have it good. The COVID-19 education impact hit hard.

“Nonetheless, the COVID-19 education impact demonstrates our teachers can do it. They can meet any challenge you throw at them, that means you, COVID-19. If what I’ve seen means anything, you don’t stand an ever-loving chance.”

COVID-19 education impact prompts many to step up

In fact, when the news hit, we were shutting down classrooms, sending kids home and evolving to an online infrastructure (immediately, at that), and the profession became bleak and infinitely complex.

COVID-19 education impactBetter yet, Newton’s third law of motion states that for “every action in nature, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

The course of action of COVID-19 is one of obliteration. It has demanded we rearrange a constancy of life into the seemingly unknown. Our reaction, personally and in the professional sector, has been prolific.

But today, let’s talk about the COVID-19 education impact. And how educators are putting on the boxing gloves, with immediacy, to fight off the unprecedented.

In a snapshot, the teachers of my school accepted the challenge. Together, they developed online curriculums and established materials in a brilliantly effective manner.

We rolled out to students, confidently, several days later.

While in un-chartered waters, the COVID-19 education impact prompts each teacher to provide materials for all students – that means those with and without technological means. Roll-out day was one of the most beautiful sights I ever beheld on campus, an amalgamation of an interconnected and functioning culture that cares deeply for every student. Families came by car to collect materials, happily greeted by our teachers. Each, happy to see their students, wishing for just one more day in class together.

These are complex days. Each delivering a new twist and an embellished reality. Nonetheless, the COVID-19 education impact demonstrates our teachers can do it. They can meet any challenge you throw at them, that means you, COVID-19. If what I’ve seen means anything, you don’t stand an ever-loving chance.

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