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My students see themselves differently because of this pandemic. It’s time the world sees it, too. See more national education news here

| July 28, 2020
My students see themselves differently because of this pandemic. It’s time the world sees it, too. See more national education news here

Shortly after we switched to distance learning in March, our school held a virtual spirit week with dress-up days, just like we would during a normal school year. Monday was Superhero Day, a chance for our elementary students to dress up like someone they view as a hero.

Instead of seeing lots of capes and masks, like one might expect, I logged into our virtual Facebook community that day to see a number of our students dressed up like their parents, many of whom work hourly wage jobs. There was a grocery store worker, complete with an apron and name tag, a third-grader donning her mother’s nursing assistant scrubs, and a student dressed up with her dad’s delivery truck driver cap. Our students were beaming with pride when they spoke of the work their parents have been doing as “essential workers” — work that is increasingly dangerous in the age of coronavirus and work that society has long undervalued.

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