“The responsibility for educating a young person is not the student’s responsibility alone, nor is it the job of the teacher alone, nor is it the obligation of the parents alone. It is a responsibility that belongs to all of us. Because we all reap the benefits when our citizens are well educated.” —Dr. Jill Biden
Teachers are experiencing a hero moment right now. Despite the severe challenges that COVID-19 has thrust upon educators and our school system, we have an opportunity: Remote learning has shown how difficult it is to teach and has fostered a deeper appreciation for teachers among parents, students and the public. Teachers are heroes. They are essential workers. They are integral to our nation’s recovery. They are innovating to adapt to our new reality, and are crucial to developing the next generation, who will prepare for future health crises and achieve social justice in our world.