Our lesson staffs haven't made a dime in six months unless they did online virtual lessons - usually at a significantly discounted rate.
Think about that for a minute.
That being said, a lot of the negativity is coming from the magnified focus on STAAR and testing. It's worse than it's ever been. And with COVID, kids are being pulled from elective classes left and right for extra remediation.
This is the toughest half year in education I've seen in my forty years in and around the classroom. And the worst part is, we still haven't had the other shoe drop on COVID. We're going to have nearly eighty million people homeless/evicted in the next six months because they simply haven't been able to pay rent in four months. We're going to have a third wave of the illness once school gets back in full swing. And add to it all the hate and divisiveness (some deserved, some not) in our political discourse and national mood?
It's really, really hard to be optimistic about the future of our profession OR the future of our country. We have to do the best we can with what we have and who we are, but understand - NONE OF THIS is over this year, and things WILL NOT go back to normal any time soon.