The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that “The largest teachers union in the state is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to keep Utah schools closed this fall — saying it’s too dangerous for educators and students to return while cases of the coronavirus remain high.”
The union wants schools to start ONLINE-only in August. My bias is that I am planning on returning my children to in-person school in the fall. My reasoning is that:
- My wife and I both work, which makes remote-learning difficult.
- The research also shows that young children (we are in elementary school) are less likely to spread the virus and therefore they aren’t the petri-dishes we assume they are.
- I don’t believe that I educate my child as well as a professional teacher does.
- I don’t believe that our teachers have enough training and/or direction to ensure remote-learning is as effective as in-person learning.
Those are my reasons.
Don’t get me wrong, i understand that some families have decided on remote schooling. That’s understandable. I also understand that teachers are scared. I’m scared for my kids. I’m scared for their teachers. I’m scared for my kids’ grandparents who are the most impacted. This is serious.
Yet, I feel like the subject keeps being treated as a blip versus the new normal. Nothing will fundamentally change by Christmas in the Corona-world. Even if they find a novel vaccine to the novel Corona virus it won’t be widely distributed. So, if we do remote school-only in August it is really remote-school throughout the year. It’s a long year.
So, if the UEA pushes this and forces remote schools, that’s OK. I get it, teachers have decided that’s the way they want to roll. I’m Ok with that and our family will adjust. However, along with agreement, comes high expectations.
If remote-school is demanded by the teachers, then they have to deliver. Education had better be better than ever. I better be able to plop little Bobby down in front of his iPad for six hours a day and learn just as much as he would have during in-person school. I’m not the teacher, the real teacher is the teacher. That’s my expectation.
That’s frankly the challenge.