As a parent, a former teacher, and someone with many friends still teaching and in the trenches trying to get ready for September, I have one important suggestion that may help everyone to embrace the uncertain changes.
UNITE and LISTEN
We are all in this together. Have you forgotten this? And our primary focus is on our kids and their learning! It’s not about whether there’s in person teaching or virtual teaching. It’s not about the inconvenience you have as a teacher or as a parent. It’s about the kids and how to keep them safe, to help them transition and to continue learning in whatever form the school has chosen.
Stop blaming each other. Work together and not separately. Ok, you are right in your points of view (probably because I haven’t heard yours,) but that doesn’t make any difference when we have kids involved. And let me remind you that administrators are doing the best they can under the circumstances too.
I think it’s like getting divorced. You can be completely right, but if you put the kids in the middle, the only ones who suffer are the kids and they don’t deserve that treatment. I hate to compare the coming school year to a divorce, but it seems like a good metaphor because in a divorce, everyone has to compromise in order to successfully sign the papers to get divorced.
No teacher, nor parent will get their child’s schooling the way the want it for the Fall. There will be teachers who complain and parents who complain. It is hard for teachers to be in the classroom with the threat of the virus being passed along in a crowded classroom. It is hard for teachers to virtually teach as well. There’s no easy solution here and most of us never thought we’d still be dealing with the virus in September. But here we are.
You may have a different viewpoint which I would love to read so please feel free to share below. My point here is only that we need to think of the students and how best we can keep them safe and not backslide their learning as the future unfolds. We also need to keep the teachers healthy so that they can continue to teach. And finally, we need to keep the parents’ minds at ease and support them throughout the year.