A debate which is currently ongoing across social media and in our communities is whether or not schools should open next month or not. We all know how it is, some people tend to feel comfortable commenting behind a keyboard on social media.
One user, whose name and photo are being omitted for reasons of data protection has given her two cents on the matter.
“This is what teachers want after 7 months taking the mickey at home, with a couple of so-called online lessons. Don’t be lazy and go teach the children, because we go to work. And then they are always asking for a pay rise. I do not even think of comparing you to a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist or a lawyer!” the post, originally written in Maltese, read.
Naturally, this comment sparked outrage amongst teachers, educators, and even students and professionals who have got to where they are today because of the hard work of teachers.
Dr Martina Scerri, a lawyer by profession wrote, “I’m a lawyer and without my teachers, of whom my mother, I and my siblings – a doctor and a computer engineer – would not have made it to where we are today. So the next time you choose to call teachers lazy, think of who taught you and your family. Without teachers the world is bland and we have nothing to show for ourselves.”
Dr Scerri continues, “not to mention that you don’t have to be the ‘typical professional’ to be hardworking. Artists who spend hours perfecting their craft, construction workers who spend hours on end in scorching heat are hardworking – every honest job is hard work because it depends on the person, not the title or the nature of the job. ”
Another comment, from a teacher reads: “You spend the whole summer doing THREE sets of lesson plans; one set for online teaching, one for normal circumstances, and one that includes social distancing – because no one knows what’s going to happen yet. Imbaghad tara kumment hekk!”
Chaya Fenech, who had just completed her Masters in Teaching said on Facebook that she is the last person who wants to start teaching online.
“Teaching in a class room, with my students in front of me, has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. However, as unfortunate as it is, the circumstances are such which might delay this dream of mine. This does not mean I, as well as many others like me, am lazy or want to stay home for the new scholastic year.”
Ms Fenech adds, “it means that we care, not only about our health and our loved ones, but most importantly, of your children. Whatever happens, I truly hope we, educators, students and parents, can stand together and HELP one another, not drag one another down.”
Let’s show respect and not pettiness! After all, what message do we want to send our children?