When people accuse me of being a glorified babysitter because I’m a teacher, I usually laugh and respond, “Who said anything about being glorified?” During the COVID-19 lockdowns, I can now add, “Who said anything about being a babysitter?”
These days, teachers in many parts of the country are paid for doing next to nothing since reopening schools would expose them to the virus. For teachers who have returned to the classroom, much of their work has moved online and many don’t see students in person, or see them in person often.
Given this situation, particularly in states that have kept public schools closed, it was only a matter of time before the government would enlist teachers to work in the migrant shelters sprouting up due to the crisis at the border.
It was recently reported that teachers from San Diego Unified School District were asked to work with migrant children housed in the San Diego Convention Center. Because