When it comes to returning back to school in the middle of a pandemic, no one has the one right answer. But I would like to observe that we are responding with the same demands and the same strategies we have been using to fight the system for the past two years. History repeats itself. The same things we have been demanding during these pandemic years are the same things CTU has been demanding for the past decade.
After a year of remote learning, too many of our young kids, including mine, are far, far behind where they should be. When my wife and I met with our older son’s first-grade teachers at Open House in the fall, they told us, “We’re really scared. Not for your son, but for all of them, because they are so far behind already.”
The Omicron surge is hitting Chicago hard and fast, with the highest peak of positive COVID-19 cases in Chicago since the pandemic started. Yet at no time during this pandemic has the CPS central office operated the district as a proactive, community-centered, educational entity .
CPS has the opportunity to lead at this moment by making schools safe and equitable community centers for learning. So far, though, the opportunity has repeatedly been passed over in favor of an every-family-for-themselves approach.
Don’t Leave Chicago Families Unconnected: Why the Emergency Broadband Benefit can Transform Chicago’s Communities and Deserves the Support of Government and Local Organizations
If Chicago is to truly realize its potential in the interconnected world of the 21st century, we must ensure that no child is left unconnected and that no family must choose between putting food on the table, and paying their internet bill.
Until the pandemic forced us to rethink learning, the structure of school went unchanged for decades. Educators certainly refined their craft, incorporating new tools and knowledge about how students learn, but if Rip Van Winkle fell asleep during math class in 1919 and woke up a hundred years later, he would have no trouble recognizing the rigid structures and routines of the school day.
Dear Pandemic Homeschooler, Nobody in your family has done this before. Take a minute and take that in. It is back-to-school time and there are a lot of questions surrounding what that looks like for children. Many parents, after losing faith in their school system, are eager to explore homeschooling. So, they turn to the internet and discover it is…