Schools Won’t Survive COVID-19

…But we have the power to change that

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But here’s my unpopular opinion: we’re ALL wrong.

Do you see what I mean? Schools will not survive this, no matter what learning option they’ve chosen.

Because guess what? Our education system is already broken, but it’s only going to get worse. Here’s why.

There’s no way to safely reopen schools.

The public education system has been underfunded, well, pretty much always. And we won’t be able to support the students in need.

We have a Secretary of Education who has no idea how to do her job.

When we do return to school, some states are mandating standardized testing.

Interactive activities are being defunded or even eliminated from schools due to COVID-19.

Kids’ mental health is at an all-time low, but some districts are refusing to make time to help them cope.

Because of lack of funding, kids won’t have adequate one-on-one learning and mental health support.

There’s already a huge achievement gap among US students, but the pandemic will widen it.

Families who can afford it are opening micro-schools or sending their kids to private institutions.

And even after all this time, teaching is still an underpaid, under-supported profession.

So what can we do?

Start by electing leaders who will adequately fund schools.

If you can, use your voice — demand accountability from your district.

Respect teachers. Understand that this is new to everyone, and they are doing their best.

Don’t send your kids to private school or open a micro-school.

If you can, find ways to help vulnerable students and families in your community.

Writer. Creator. Teacher. Feminist. Just trying to spread love, talk about equity, and be a good human. She/her. Follow me on Instagram @brooklynxreece!

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