It is with great sadness that I read what some members of the Frederick County Board of Education think of the hard work the teachers of FCPS have been doing for the two months.

Most teachers that I know are working 12+ hour days creating curriculum to TEACH the students of Frederick County.

For board member Liz Barrett to say she feels that calling the current weeks of distance learning “instructional days” is a façade is insulting, demeaning and disrespectful. I am certain that if a member of the BOE were to ask any student who is engaging in the MEANINGFUL lessons most, if not all, FCPS teachers are providing they would find that students are, in fact, learning.

No one asked to be placed in this situation but I, for one, have seen first hand how hard teachers are working to provide instruction and curriculum to students in the most “formal”way our circumstance allow. Liz Barrett, and Jay Mason who agreed with Ms. Barrett, should apologize to teachers and should remove themselves from the BOE if her comments are the true feelings of both of these individuals. Insulting. Degrading. And down right mean.

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Seems as though the letter writer is interpreting Ms. Barrett’s comments in the most negative way possible. A more charitable, and I think more likely, interpretation is that despite teachers’ best efforts, the quality of instruction simply cannot be the same as in-person. This is particularly true for young elementary school kids where learning to interact with peers and maintain a routine are equally, if not more, important than the academic content. In a way, she is acknowledging the value teachers bring to the classroom. No matter how hard most parents try, myself included, to make distance learning worthwhile, I would not be so arrogant to think I am able to do as good a job as a wonderful teacher face to face.


So sorry! I can't imagine what it was like to be tossed this hot potato without warning. Unprecedented. For some households just figuring out who uses which technology when, between teleworking from home, or teaching, or both, while also meeting the children's screen time needs, wow. It's mind boggling to imagine making sense from the possible chaos.


Those who can, teach. Those who can't run for the BOE.

Some kids are getting a better education with the distance learning and without the distractions of the knuckleheads and convict trainees acting out in class and holding the others back who are there to learn. Blessed be the knuckleheads, for they are with you always - want fries with that?


I am sitting here laughing, bosco - not because I disagree, just because your comment is funny.

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