The conversations I’ve been having with parents, teachers, substitutes, staff and retirees have been heartbreaking.
Here we are in mid-July and few know what school will look like just weeks away.
Like most things connected to the pandemic where our political leadership is failing, as far as schools are concerned, students, their families, teachers and staff will be the victims.
Poor kids. Black and Brown kids. They will pay the heaviest price.
Yet in talking to parents and teachers, the stories are not the same.
Some parents tell me that their children have thrived with distance learning.
Others say their kids struggle.
Educators talk about the impact of the loss of social and emotional development that comes with being in a physical school.
Although I wonder how this can be accomplished if all the safety recommendations are actually followed.
The current pandemic will end and we need to remember this discussion when it does end.
I’m hoping the experience can be instructive for a post-pandemic world of education.
Students and teachers thrive or struggle in different learning environments. It seems obvious and yet we have gone through decades of standardization and one-way, same page on the same day, one curriculum accountability.
Maybe getting through this pandemic will give birth to a different vision of public schools, one which looks at students as individuals.