Teachers need more than just a week of appreciation. We need better pay and more respect

When schools first shut down and flipped to remote teaching, parents got a tiny glimpse of what teachers do. As they watched through their children’s screens, praise and respect for teachers skyrocketed. TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes famously said in a tweet, “Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week,” after a little more than an hour with her children.