School teachers, administrators, districts, the Public Education Department and the governor are demanding that schools be opened only “remotely.”
We have already been through the experience of remote learning. It was a failure. We do not need it, do not want it. There was remote teaching, but little remote learning.
State officials estimated that students lost approximately one full year of education this past school year (2019-20).
Our child is scheduled to enter this fall semester as a high school sophomore. With another “remote” semester, how much more real education is she going to lose? At this point in her education, she cannot afford to lose even a month of real education, least of all a full semester or a year.
Our child is being denied her right to a full and adequate education. We, as parents, are REQUIRED by law to ensure that she attends school. It seems there are no such mandates for the government (schools) to provide an education.
Teachers are trained to teach, in the classrooms. Most do a tremendous job and deserve adequate compensation for all they do. Most are not paid what they deserve. That is on the backs of the governor and the Legislature. If they cannot find ways to properly support our schools and teachers, then we need to remove those who are weak-minded and replace them with legislators who have the will to properly support our schools and teachers.
Parents are not trained or prepared to be at-home educators, filling the gaps in teaching that are created by our children by not being in the classrooms. The students are not provided the necessary educational materials, including and especially textbooks, to fill those gaps. It leaves us, as parents, to try to figure out how to help our children keep up with the school subjects. Families who have engaged themselves in true “home-schooling” are fortunate and will come out ahead, while everyone else will be left with … ?
Of all the teachers who are concerned about returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, due to age or other health factors, I have a question. How many of these concerned educators get an annual flu vaccine? How many are up to date on pneumonia or DPT vaccinations? I would bet those numbers are small. Where are these concerns on a day-to-day or year-to-year basis for those illnesses? These are profoundly serious illnesses; causing people to miss work, hospitalizations, serious long-term health effects, even death.
With as little attention and concern schools direct to these common sicknesses, then they can certainly raise the attention levels much higher, and perform all the health and safety measures that are necessary to bring our children back into the classrooms.
This can be done if everyone has the moral fortitude to do what is right and necessary to open the schools. Get our children back into the physical classrooms.
Stop playing political games with our children’s education and lives. They deserve better than this!
Jon Petersen lives in Española.