- An American vlogger recently wrote a lengthy post about the struggles Filipino teachers are having amid the pandemic
- It can be worth noting that due to the coronavirus, traditional classes have been put on hold and online classes have been implemented
- In his post, the content creator also shared the struggles of his Pinay girlfriend as an online teacher
- His post gained various reactions and comments from netizens who praised him and his girlfriend
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Content creator Tom Kuegler or most commonly known as Finding Tom on social media has recently buzzed the Filipino online community with his latest post about teachers and online classes.
It can be worth noting that due to the pandemic, schools and traditional classes have been put to a stop to avoid the spread of the virus.
However, this prompted local governments to shift and implement online classes much to the dismay of students who cannot afford to buy gadgets for their online classes.
Following this news, KAMI learned that Tom recently dedicated an online post to his girlfriend, Lara who is a teacher in his social media account.
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In his online post, Tom began by saying that it is hard to be an online teacher, "It's so hard to be a teacher online. This is my girlfriend Lara. She normally works from 7 AM - 1 AM.
"No I am not exaggerating. I think we need to understand that school online is EXTREMELY difficult for teachers.
"It's already difficult to get students attention in physical classrooms. Online? It's ten times harder. Trust me, I hear her teaching for four hours a day."
He then went on to mention the struggles his girlfriend is facing.
"Nobody knows how much she is working, but I do. I see the tears sometimes and the frustration when her computer cannot handle making a simple powerpoint.
"Her regret is she doesn't have time to cook or take care of me. She got it all wrong. I'll take care of her now. Yes I'll do the cooking yes I'll do the cleaning. My biggest regret is that she has to do this every day.
"Working from 7 AM - 1 AM making PowerPoints, taking criticism from parents when she's doing her best, and not complaining at all. It's incredible," he wrote.
Tom then emphasized the struggles that teachers in the Philippines are currently facing, "Nobody knows the struggle of teachers right now in the Philippines and elsewhere around the world. It is a hard job already.. and it's made ten times harder by making them teach over video calls.
"Don't be so hard on the teachers right now. This is not the ideal situation for anybody involved. If your child is learning just one thing every day, that should be celebrated, because it's a miracle they're able to learn right now. If this happened thirty years ago none of this would be possible."
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His online post elicited various reactions and comments from netizens on social media as well.
"I'm also a teacher here in the Philippines, and I know her pain. Prep time for online classes is way longer than prep time for regular classes."
"True, Tom. Teachers are doing an incredible job just so they can teach students efficiently and effectively online."
"This is one ugly truth that people are being blind about, both teachers and students are suffering because of this online teaching and learning set-up."
"Ugh, this cannot be stressed enough! This is a whole new system for both students AND teachers, especially here in the Philippines. As students, we have to remember that our teachers are also doing their best."
Just recently, a student made headlines on social media after she was seen selling fish to buy a cellphone to be used for her online class.
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