Educators need to focus on their families; Students, too
OUR VIEW: It’s time to shut it down.
As much as we admire the people maintaining District 56’s efforts to keep learning relevant, maybe it’s time to shut it down for the rest of this year.
The governor has closed school buildings, so wouldn’t it be a better use of everyone’s time to concentrate on honoring High School Seniors? And, 8th graders transitioning INTO high school. And, Kindergarteners transitioning into Big School.
We know the “anti-” argument - “We cannot do that without guidance (approval?) of the State Department of Education.” But, really, what are they going to do? Assess a fine for “discontinuance of effort”?
Maybe so; however, we believe it would be better for schools to remove the additional stress from households. Let people teach their children “the art of living.” Let them learn to cook, and balance a checkbook. Let them read for pleasure. Let them practice the piano, or their instrument of choice, without the threat of “getting a grade” - or not.
Face it, if they haven’t gotten it by now an on-line month is not going to make a difference.
Also, just as an added precaution, South Carolina should not start school back until AFTER Labor Day.
That would allow coastal counties to get a (small) part of their tourism season back. That would allow older teens more time to work, and contribute to what could be a struggling family economy. Push back football season to the second weekend in September, play fewer games - but give the players a reasonable time for practice and conditioning. Speaking of which, it’s too bad we don’t have the CCC anymore - give all those able-bodied, gun-toting protestors in Michigan, who obviously are out of work, the chance to build highways, bridges and parks - for when “this thing” is over.
Give our students the grade they earned at the end of the 3rd 9-weeks. Yes, it’s NOT FAIR - many young people could have pulled up that grade with better work during the 4th 9-weeks. But, really, what about the Coronavirus is fair, anyway? Old people are most at risk, but most of the cases are in the 51-60 age range. A 30-year-old person, at the beginning of the virus, did not fit into the “at-risk” group, so he/she was refused testing. Untainted tests were so scarce they had to be rationed, for people “most likely” to become infected. Then, we realized EVERYBODY can become infected.
Back to students, most colleges are going to know that April/May 2020 was a terrible time. So if there is “a gap” in an applying student’s transcript, that’s why. Colleges fought their own battles against the Coronavirus. They should be able to practice some compassion. If not, that’s not the kind of college you want to attend, anyway.