In 2020, national newspaper articles that mentioned teachers depicted them engaged in teaching far more often than in previous years. This includes portrayals of teachers planning and delivering lessons, managing classrooms, and working individually with students, both online and in person.
Compared to previous years, national newspapers in 2020 also more often portrayed teachers dealing with student poverty and behavioral factors that affect learning and portrayed them dealing with administrative decisions that negatively impact students. Portrayals of teachers needing or negotiating for higher salaries continued to decline in national newspapers.
Compared to national newspapers, local newspapers’ portrayals of teachers were relatively unchanged in 2020 compared to pre-pandemic years, with modestly more local newspaper articles than in previous years showing teachers dealing with student poverty and behavioral factors that affect learning or dealing with administrative decisions that negatively impact students.
How did portrayals of teachers change during the pandemic?
Changes in six portrayals of teachers in news articles about K-12 education in the U.S. that mention teachers twice or more, 2009 to 2020. Portrayals are not mutually exclusive.
In 2020, when the #COVID-19 pandemic began, national newspapers included far more portrayals of #teachers engaged in teaching, in the classroom or virtually, than in previous years, according to @publicagenda research.