The COVID-19 school closures have been tough on both parents and teachers; however, we still must work together to ensure we can do the best for students at this time. The bottom line is school staff must communicate with parents, and if this is not happening, then parents must advocate for their children to ensure they are receiving the best education at this time.
Last week, spurred by a post on Diane Ravitch’s blog, I wrote about the unproductive narrative developing among traditional education boosters who are stoking fear about the supposed evil conspiracies …
Here’s my question for these boomers rushing to criticize the only educational tools and helpers parents have now that the government has complete failed us: if online learning, homeschooling, and parental control of children is so bad, why is there such a desperate need to overstate it?
We’re taking the predictions of scientists seriously, which means we’re pulling out all stops to minimize risk of exposure to this damned scary public health crisis. Constantly hearing it will “get worst before it gets better” is one hell of a motivator.
Even though research says otherwise, teachers unions fund constant communications efforts that frame the fight for school choice as a policy battle between grassroots defenders of public education (who only want to preserve the public’s schools) and the cigar-smoking corporate fatcats who fund campaigns to “destroy” America’s most vital child-serving institutions.
If the goal is democratic debate about how public institutions like public schools should work for families and communities, then leading progressive voice need a fact-based come-to-your-deity about the fact that some of their assumed constituencies, black folks and people of color, disagree with the union-aligned top-down agenda prevalent in liberal politics.