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Emotional Blackmail in Education: Teaching in 2021

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

Teaching in 2021

Teachers across the U.S. are speaking out about the difficult conditions of being a teacher in 2021. It’s a combination of several things. One, the pandemic. Two, everything they say or do is wrong. Three, not enough funding. Four, feeling unsafe at their school. And five, administrators resorting to using the love a teacher has from their students against them, to get them to stay in terrible working conditions.

Y’all are going to keep pressuring teachers until there are no more teachers left. All this work, not trusting them as the experts, such little pay? Whew. It’s coming. — Dwayne Reed (@TeachMrReed) February 16, 2021

Twitter Educators Speak Out

This tweet by Dwayne Reed, sparked a flame under teachers feeling the struggle of 2021. One user replied, “Hence, why so many educators are leaving and have left the field this year. Not everyone wants to deal with that.”

Another said, “I have had that same thought. We can’t afford to marginalize the people who do the heavy lifting in the world of education.”

Teachers are seeing this in every district, “I teach in a very small district in a very small (like twenty teachers) building and know of four teachers retiring this year so far.”

My biggest issue with the "Just don't work outside of your contact hours" advice is: 1) It still doesn't solve the problem of the unfeasible work expectations. 2) It's not possible, which is 🌟the entire problem🌟 3) I really didn't ask for the unsolicited advice lol. /1 — Katelyn (@k8roulette2) December 4, 2021

Band-Aid Fixes

One former educator stated, “Instead of one person standing up and starting over to fix these issues. They just just keep throwing stuff at the wall, waiting for something to stick.” Teachers are over it.

don't really know what I want to do rn. I've always had this one answer, teaching, and through so many people telling me it's not the best option I've stuck through but rn…I just can't see myself being a teacher anymore. But I don't know what I want to do. — carl ✨ (@girlnamedcarl) November 27, 2021

What’s the Future of Education?

What can educators do? New teachers entering the field are regretting their choices. They stay for the students, it’s everything else that’s causing mass early retirements and career changes. Politics. Red Tape. Administration. Covid-19. Mass shootings. Emotional black mail to get teacher to stay. It leaves veteran and new educators alike are left emotionally and physically exhausted.

How can we retain teachers, keep them motivated, and not turn to privatized education? Without education leaders doing something to reform education, none of these issues will change.

One of the easiest ways to reduce turnover is to have good connections between administration and employees. This is also true when it comes to education. Personally, I do not stay in a position if I don't see admin supporting students and teachers. It is so important! — Ms. McCall (@MsEmMcCall) December 6, 2021

Despite all of this, despite teachers all over Twitter speaking out things haven’t changed.

At the end of the day, we want teachers to know you’re not a bad teacher. It’s simply hard teaching right now. We can all get through this time together. The students are worth it in the end. One day, maybe teachers will get the support, pay, and work environment they deserve. Hang in there educators of the 2021-22 school year.

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