We aren’t going back because we aren’t innovating forward.

When Covid hit I was just sad for our country that we hadn’t taken any action to keep this thing away. That sad turned into being pissed off. Pissed because we weren’t doing ALL we could, because we were putting economy over human life, and because we looked like complete assholes to the rest of the world. What a cluster.

So why are we not sending our kids back to school?

Because decision makers aren’t doing what COULD be done. Rather they are trying to fit education into a box that simply won’t work in the current moment. They have poured hours into debating masks and social distancing. They COULD have poured hours into creative programming that uses community and school spaces creatively (while meeting the daily/hourly requirements of states). They haven’t (in mass) dreamt of new ways of doing school that allow staff to social distance, safely interact, and facilitate learning. They didn’t think about what they COULD do, rather they focused on the should do list. A list that may help with safety but simultaneously promotes mediocrity.

If you are a teacher, you either risk it all on a mask, a canister of Clorox wipes, and a prayer or, what?

fierce mom, constant learner, writer, speaker, researcher, thinker, designer, gadget queen, advocate for learning that matters & public ed, lead with my actions

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