Cruel Summer

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  1. Thank you! I have been trying to make these same arguments to everyone I can since the Administration made the demand to reopen schools.

    As a retired educator, I do have some ideas about eLearning with younger students, but isolated ideas will not serve the greater good.

    I hope that educators across the country will put a mind to preparing for instruction during a pandemic. I hope that administrators and all the myriad education-based nonprofits will do the same.

    Still in all, the most important element that remains missing is coordinated leadership.

  2. Thanks for the great post. It is a new frame in which to look at the role of the teacher and what it will take if the country wants to move forward and beyond the pandemic.

  3. Very well said Sean. As with so many of the things we’ve taken for granted until now, the respect, care, and value we place on teachers is being re-evaluated during this challenging time. We have an opportunity here, as with so many other parts of our lives, to carefully consider how we have done things and whether there are more effective solutions. There is nothing more important than the education of our future generations, and yet it seems we have left it as an afterthought for too long. Thank you for succinctly focusing on the importance of teachers and valuing their contributions in the same light as those other crucial roles our society relies upon.

  4. Appreciate the post. “Where does that view fit now?” There is a premise in the small government argument that is not always seen, but which scurries out at times like a bug from under rock. That premise is that some people are, at best, unworthy, and, at worst, expendable. That logic is in play when people talk about COVID in terms of herd immunity and survival of fittest.

  5. Fix the pandemic. Other countries have. Everything else follows from that.

    I appreciate the post and your perspective– my wife, mother, and father are/were all teachers. Teachers are working like crazy to do their best with distance learning, but it’s not good enough. In-person school is necessary, but it is a necessity that we only get to have after we do the work to crush community spread and keep it crushed.

  6. Another great piece sir. Several of my 10 siblings have taught or are teaching. I guess I am the black sheep, since I was a Msrine and Firefighter. We have always had a mutual respect for each other’s life choices, and do not want them or my grandchildren in a building learning this year.

  7. I am a high school teacher. I am also an Iraq war veteran. The respect and appreciation I receive as a teacher (personally, financially, from society at large) for the past 13 years pales in comparison to that which I still receive for having been a military pilot for only five years (and that was more than 15 years ago). I was willing to serve and sacrifice MY OWN well being for the sake of my country in the military. This virus is an enemy that is NOT under control. As a teacher, I should not be expected to potentially sacrifice the lives of my family members who are at a greater risk from a virus than I am in order to do my job.

    • P.S. Sean, I was a classmate of yours at USNA. 99! Thank you for the well-written post. Much appreciated.

  8. P.S. Sean, I was a classmate of yours at USNA, 99! Thank you for the well-written post. Much appreciated.