On Schools Re-Opening: One Teacher's View (Mine)

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Never before in my life have I encountered a bunch of p*****s (with a capital “P”) than a group known as “teachers.”  Not all of them, mind you, but enough of them to warrant the moniker.  When I noted this to my wife who was a teacher long before me (she quit), she laughed: “You just figured that out?”

Let me preface this by stating that I teach in a public elementary school.  The plan for re-opening is, I believe, a happy compromise where classes are divided in half: Group A and Group B.  Group A reports to class, with masks, on Monday and Wednesday and does remote learning on Tuesday and Thursday.  Group B reports to class on Tuesday and Thursday with remote learning on Monday and Wednesday.  Both groups do remote learning on Friday.

I must confess that this particular school is more technologically ready than others in the district mainly because the principal, a no-nonsense African-American woman, does what a principal should do: plan, refine, and plan again for all contingencies.  As a result, when schools closed on March 17, 2020, every student received a ChromeBook and charger.   AFLAC provided carrying cases.  Unresolved at this point is what one does about the six “specials-” Spanish, health, physical education, media (library), art, and music.  Lunch will be in the classroom, not cafeteria.  Unless things change, there will be no assemblies, awards presentations, or Christmas music show (YES- we have a Christmas, not “holiday” show.  Heck- we even have a nativity in the principal’s office and Christmas trees on TWO floors and not a single Muslim student or parent complain.)

However, we also have our fair share of teachers sounding the alarm with false comparisons about re-opening schools.  For example, one stated that if Trump could suggest the election be put off because of Covid-19, why couldn’t reopening school also?  Another stated that unlike grocery store workers- real American heroes who worked right through the pandemic- teachers are stuck in a room with 30 kids for eight hours a day thus increasing the risk of infection.

First, I know of no teacher, me included, “stuck in a room for eight hours a day.”  Teachers are afforded a 40-minute “planning period” where very little, if any, “planning” actually gets done, and a 40-minute lunch break without students present.  Second, the instructional day is NOT eight hours.  Teachers have to be on premises at 8:00 AM.  Some arrive earlier or stay later, but that is a personal, not mandated choice.  Third, I know of no classroom with 30 kids.  Maybe they were just rounding up?  Finally, even though the grocery clerk is not stuck with the same 25-30 customers for 6-1/2 hours (or even 15 in the reopening proposal), they come into contact with more than 15-30 people in any given legitimate 8-hour shift.  Moreover, the people who they do come into contact with (i.e., not children) have a GREATER likelihood of having and/or transmitting the damn virus.  Apparently, our educators know nothing about probability.

This is a tendency of teachers as concerns the coronavirus and it does not bode well for the people teaching your children: they compare apples to oranges and honestly believe the apple is the orange if it suits their needs.  Fact: remote learning sucks!  I venture when those ChromeBooks return to the school, they will have to deal with another kind of virus not named Covid-19.  You cannot tell me these kids were using the laptops solely for educational purposes.  You cannot tell me every student who logged onto a lesson really fully understood the lesson.  Interestingly, to count as being “present,” all one had to do is log on at some point in the day between 8:00 AM- 12:00 noon.  My guess- they logged on, then played some WarCraft on the side.

As for the teachers doing the complaining, they are making a great case for the fact they are clearly NOT essential workers.  All that lofty talk about being underpaid and overworked, of having to spend their own money on supplies (another partial lie- teachers get a stipend for supplies and a tax write off), or of being responsible for the education of “our youth” are just words and propaganda straight from the mouths and word processors of the unions.

Maybe it is because I teach at the school I do and the culture is much different than others in the school district.  Despite the principal’s Hitleresque tendencies at times, it is the cleanest, most efficient, most technologically up-to-date, and well-run schools.  When those kids go to high school, they are usually the highest performers and many graduates have gone onto Ivy League educations.

And there is one thing I have noticed which gives me heart.  Although whispered in hushed tones that bring a wry smile to my face that I sometimes cannot hide, many teachers- Hispanic, black, and white- during those “planning periods” and lunch breaks talk in favor of Trump and seem almost anti-union.  Note: Three teachers have “resigned” and are happily teaching in Catholic school- less pay/better learning environment.

If these p***y teachers and p***y unions do not get their act together and soon, they may find that students will be joining the ranks of private, charter, and parochial education.  Of course, being capable of bitching about everything, they will probably complain their class sizes are too small.  What the hell?  They’re already complaining about half a class and having to log onto a computer…

To repeat what many of you think, vocal teachers and their unions are whining a-holes!