Parents in Luxembourg who complain-brag about having to become full-time teachers are being reminded that putting your child in front of a tablet for three hours every morning doesn’t count as teaching, nor does it count as doing something full-time.
“Having your kid binge-watch educational videos doesn’t mean you’re a teacher now,” say teachers. “It just means that you know how to find things on YouTube.”
Teachers are also reminding parents that there’s more to teaching French than showing your kids how to use Google to look up conjugation charts, and that allowing your kids to watch their usual favorite TV series, but in German, doesn’t mean you deserve credit for being a German teacher.
Parents are also asked to stop sharing teaching memes, as those are reserved for individuals who actually know what it’s like to manage a classroom of hyperactive pre-teens for a whole school year.
“And under no circumstances do you have the right to use a canvas tote bag emblazoned with an apple and a cute saying about the value of education,” teachers say. “Those belong to us. You have to earn them.”
“If we followed your logic, we’d all claim that we’re raising 18 children,” teachers add. “Which we do, actually, but obviously as a joke because no one really believes we’ve got 18 kids at home.”
“Unlike your social media posts, which are designed to make your friends think you’re spending eight hours a day giving lessons on algebra and 19th-century European history, when in fact you’re spending most of your time on Facebook.”