Since 2020, I’ve been asking people one question: if your job can be done just as well remotely as in person, why shouldn’t the employer fire you and hire somebody in Panama at 10% of your overall cost? What is it that you provide that is worth such a high premium?
I never got a single response. I’m still wondering how people explain this to themselves. They did their damndest to make the case for being completely dispensable. How do they explain this to themselves?
In teaching in particular – as well as in all jobs that don’t require some really unique skill – we should have fought like ferocious tigers to stay in the classroom.