It’s way past time for the Frederick County teachers union to stop dragging their feet and get back to school.

I can’t believe they are as special as they think they are. I feel they are hiding behind virtual school because it is easier for them.To say they want to go back to school and see their students I believe is an outright lie.

Have the teachers gone to a grocery store in the last year? I bet they have. my son, daughter and son-in-law have worked in a grocery store during the pandemic with no vaccine. I know of bus drivers, construction workers, fire and police personnel who have not only worked every day, but haven’t cried about it.

If they don’t want to go back to school, get off your gravy train and get another job. Nobody is making you teach. People change professions all the time.

In closing, I’m sure Frederick County Administrative and Supervisory Association President Amy Schwiegerath must think she is a legend in her own mind, but certainly not in the minds of Frederick County students and parents.

Gareth Sweadner


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Let me understand...A job where you have to work twice the amount of time you are paid to in order to stay on track, rarely take a day off because it is too much trouble to find a replacement, and have to deal with critics who have not set foot in a classroom since Sputnik took flight feel empowered to criticize EVERYTHING you do, is the gravy train?? Wow, who knew???




gareth; since you are so passionate about this topic and, as you say, people change jobs all the time and teaching is a gravy train, why haven't you become a teacher?


CDC said last week they’re not sure we can reach herd amunity because so many are not getting shots


The Teachers are back Gareth, they have been back. Our daughter, teaching in Howard County, is back. The kids, who have a choice, have been the reluctant ones. She has one class where only one student has returned. And she still has to teach virtually from the classroom. It’s been difficult for all.


“If they don’t want to go back to school, get off your gravy train and get another job. Nobody is making you teach.” Boy have teachers gotten an eyeful of disrespect for their profession. So thankful to grocery workers, true, and necessary others who soldiered on, for I might have done that myself, were I young and still struggling to survive in one of the several consecutive “callings” I applied for after almost a year of business school, yeahhhh uh huh just like teaching.

Just Wondering

Gareth, you really don't understand what this is all about. This is about students following the rules of wearing masks and social distancing. Have you been in a school lately? Kids don't always follow the rules, and I am not talking about just one or two. Once herd immunity is in place, it will be time for students to come back to school everyday. Until then, let's not risk peoples lives just because some people need babysitters or can't handle being around their children 24 hours a day. Some parents are shocked by their child's lack of motivation and are blaming it on virtual learning. Many of these students who are showing lack of motivation have it in the classroom too. This is just the first time the parents are actually seeing it. There are so many facets to this issue, you have shown you don't understand it at all.

Greg F

When I see your rugrats doing the right things and wearing masks, and all of them have gotten a vaxxine (a kid's version is on the way eventually) and we get herd immunity, go take a long walk off the shortest pier you can find. I continually see of-age kids that don't wear masks in all manner of settings. We don't have much flu this year...why? Masks and distancing. The kids that can't wear them and parents who don't make them are one of the key blocks here, and we have the crowd of anti-vaxxing rejects blocking progress as well, increasing chances for variants that may be far worse. We have come way too far to risk a reversal. Smug pig-headedness and acting like it's over is why India and other places (like Michigan) are now seeing massive resurgence. Go fly a kite.

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