We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No, teachers don't prefer Zoom. My daughter teaches First Grade and this "remote teaching" is killing her. 80% of her children actually attend school, but 20% refuse to for some reason. So she not only has to prepare for classroom teaching, but prepare slides for the holdouts. It's twice as much work for her. Oh, by the way, the stay at home kids are all failing and most will be held back a grade.
Well at least teachers are less likely to be assaulted by "urban youfs" if they do their jobs over the internet. And parents might actually get to see what their children are being taught by the filthy Communist swill!!!
I have a niece in NH who is a school teacher. She went into a full-blown panic attack over covid, refused to go to school and took her kids out of school. Her husband even quit his construction job for a while. She finally ran out of leave, and her school system told her to take the vaccine and return to work or lose her job. She got Moderna. Ironically, she had a severe reaction to both shots, and spent 3 to 4 days in bed for each.
She's in her 40's. She would have been better off going to school and running the very low risk she would have caught covid.
I'm old enough to qualify, and I've gotten Pfizer. So far only very minor reactions--basically a typical flu-like sore arm.
Every year we hear a new reason why it would be unfair to blame teachers for their inability to impart an effective education to the kids: it's the family's fault, it's the virus, whatever. Even if we agreed, isn't the conclusion that we're wasting time on the teachers and should try something else? We know it's been possible in the past for kids to learn. Maybe it's time to try something other than the current public school system, with its unions and rules against holding kids to account for anything or kicking them out if they make learning impossible for everyone.
The teachers can learn to code or make solar panels. The kids that want to learn can easily do it online these days.
I know, I know, the kids are depressed if they can't go to school. I don't remember hearing about how depressed kids used to get during that awful summer vacation every year, though. It's puzzling.