It has been almost a year for some that schools were locked down and virtual learning took the place of taking the bus or walking to the school where you sat at your desk with your schoolmates and your teacher(s) taught you about this and that.

Now, a great controversy exists about the reopening of those schools that most teachers, parents and students need desperately. Many opinions exist. The CDC has told us that it is safe to reopen. Governors have varying opinions. Many teachers are adamant about returning to the classroom, parents are distressed and the pupils haven't been polled en masse.

Having taught for many years in a variety of places and populations, I have pensively thought about this dilemma and have formed my own rationale based upon my experiences. The school bells must ring as soon as possible. Virtual learning has its place, but it cannot replace a child's (especially young children) experience in the classroom with his teachers and his peers. The role of the teacher is exceptionally important. He or she imparts information. Soon afterwards, the students ask questions, make comments and/or require the instructor to clear up any misunderstandings about what was said, and most importantly, listen to their classmates discuss what they have also heard.

Virtual learning cannot provide all of these experiences. The interaction in a classroom is vital and necessary because it teaches us to listen, to participate, and to make choices in later years. Even before the pandemic, children who were homeschooled, met with others for discussions. Even parents who are college graduates and beyond cannot duplicate the experiences that happen in a classroom.

This "lost" year must be addressed. Summer classes, with a short break, should be considered or we will fall behind and in some cases fail our children, especially those at risk. We cannot, as a country which values learning, fail to address this population and fall behind, abandoning our children's needs. The decisions we make now will come back to haunt us if we do not take action to remediate the time we have already lost. School bells must ring out as soon as possible. Parents and teachers should not be part of the problem. They should be part of the solution.

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NewMarketParent

I appreciate a teachers perspective. That said, people need to remember that we will need to be extra-skeptical of any guidance that was developed during the previous administration as that was not based on science, but political motivations.

garaclan

Alice, I agree with many of your statements, but you don't seem to be aware of what is actually happening with virtual learning. My wife is a Kindergarten teacher and she interacts with all her students, they can see her and their other classmates, and they are very engaged. Teachers have had to do so much more so that they keep their students engaged and learning. The current hybrid proposal will have new challenges for engaging students. Especially younger grades. Students can't leave their desks. Teachers still have to be online for the students that are virtual that day. So they can't devote their attention to either the in-class students or virtual. They should have gone back in August. Fauci said it himself. At this point it is debatable on whether this is going to make things better for children for the remaining school year. What I do know is that teachers will continue to do what they have to, and be great at whatever is required.

Dwasserba

[thumbup]Teachers' efforts have been herculean. Virtual suits some students better than others and vice versa. I read this and thought, I never liked a classroom until I was an adult, was I the only one? I'm so special. I knew it.

Reader1954

1 day a week is a joke

bosco

Just like Quid Pro Joe is a joke. His 100 plan to fix everything while he kills jobs and pisses off Canada while coddling the terrorist rebels in Yemen.

duffy5x

Brainless bosco is at it again. Weak.

bosco

[beam]

Greg F

Yay...Bosco again doing quid pro whatever. How 'bout those HVAC jobs that went to Mexico trump supposedly saved? How's that coal country saving doing....hahaha...they are broke even more now. Worried about 11K oil jobs rather than the trillions we'll spend if we don't convert now.

bosco

Hey, Doctor Fed Up GregF, I'm still waiting for you to post anything racist that I have ever said here. Actual quote, not conjecture or what you decided I must have been thinking of intended. Actual quote. Come on, man. Put up or shut up.

phydeaux994

bosco is one pissed off guy. He won’t even tell you why he wanted Trump re-elected, not that it’s a big secret. All of the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam) are over-the-top angry people. What a dismal way to live. But they seem to enjoy it.

bosco

Where did I ever say I wanted Trump re-elected, Fido. Actual quote, not your conjecture or what you thought I meant. Actual quote, Fido.

Come on, man. Put up or shut up. I'll circle back.

phydeaux994

You’re falling apart bosco, getting angrier and meaner by the day. Calm down, he’s gonna run again in 2024, just be patient.

bosco

Just fine here at Bosco Manor, Fido. In fact, it's all PERFECT. Just not putting up with your bigotry and hatred anymore.

bosco

Quid Pro Joe's plan to open schools in 100 days has morphed into getting 50 percent of the schools open one day a week in 100 days. The CDC and Dr. No-Mask Fauci have both declared that schools can reopen safely with controls. The teachers unions were big donors to Quid Pro Joe, so they have him by the short hairs.

Maybe they'll circle back to the issue later.

Greg F

You and your quid-pro this or that.....you keep forgetting Quid-pardon-Don was paid by a donor DeJoy to take a job to destroy the post office for his benefit to wreck the election, and Dejoy to enjoy the windfall from that with his financial conflict of interest of $75Million in a competitor to USPS. He quid-pro-pardoned everyone else who lied for his benefit who were convicted for one thing or another shady done on his behalf for their gain. Sorry...Biden is 1000x better that that POS that was in there as a wannabe new confederate dictator.

bosco

You and your four years of Orange Man, Donnie Bone Spurs, etc etc. What's the matter, Doctor Fed Up GregF, don't like your turn in the barrel?

shiftless88

To be fair, bosco; in one case it is fact that Trump was very transactional and the bit about Biden is pretty much right-wing speculation. Don Sr. was explicitly Quid Pro Quo and didn't pretend otherwise.

NewMarketParent

@Greg F

Don't pay attention to reek. He just likes attention. You ever seen a child flail? If you haven't, look at reek. Now you have.

Greg F

Orange man has been impeached twice bonzo, has pardoned more personal friends and criminals that were his advisors and cabinet than anyone else...paid more porn stars than any other president and effed the entire pandemic response killing tens of thousands. Biden is fixing that orange man's mess, binky....you're not helping.

bosco

Shiftless.... you must've missed the footage of Quid Pro Joe bragging about how he held up millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine unless they fired the prosecutor investigating Burisma - which was paying Zero Experience Hunter millions of dollars for access. You can probably find it by using the Google.

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