As a parent, I’m terrified for my child. As a teacher, I fear for my own life and the lives of my students and their families. No one can teach or learn from the grave.
Community mutual aid groups offer a model of support that could help CPS move beyond the current reopening controversy.
We can’t launch the CPS hybrid plan while Illinois leads the nation in Covid cases. Yet some kids do need to be face-to-face with teachers and peers. It’s time to look beyond remote vs. hybrid and put adults in person with children safely and creatively.
The pandemic has revealed what many adults feared to admit: school is not for learning. It’s for child care and community. Could we create a society where learning isn’t bound up with social safety nets? Could we separate learning from the rat race of “achievement” and credentials?
Yesterday, city leaders announced plans to reopen Chicago Public Schools after winter break. The current CPS reopening plan is for students in pre-k and special education cluster programs to return January 11. Students in grades K-8 could join them in school buildings on February 1. All families will be able to continue remote learning if they prefer. Elementary and middle…