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October 12, 2020 · OPINION

Stand with teachers and school support staff

By Catherina Hurlburt
Warrenton

In multiple virtual classes, I’ve overheard a student challenge teachers — refusing to engage, answer questions, complete work, etc. I wonder about the student’s home life. Do(es) the parent(s) allow disrespect because they oppose virtual education? Is he caught between wanting to engage in virtual learning but feeling he’d betray his parents by giving the format credence?

The hostility toward teachers by parents lashing out against virtual education does not go unnoticed by their children, and the defiance toward safety measures will put teachers, instructional assistants and others at greater risk. They have not been empowered or equipped to face students whose parents deny the virus is dangerous. This angle on the decision of virtual versus hybrid education is not addressed enough in public discussion. But it is definitely being talked about privately among educators and by parents of students at higher risk and/or with family members at higher risk.

We all want to have our students back in school, but only when it truly is safe should we return. Rather than complaining and demeaning teachers, we should embrace the opportunities: to help our students learn how to be innovative in their education, in self-directing, in communications skills, in learning new technology, in collaborating with peers. These strengths will prepare them for a future work climate we cannot yet even imagine. This is also an opportunity to rethink education delivery systems, school personnel roles, even the school calendar, grading, and assessments.

In the meantime, value our educators by showing them respect and empathy, and encourage your students to do the same.
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Jeffersonian American · October 13, 2020 at 8:15 am
Public Schools are unfortunately disrupted by LOWEST COMMON DEMONINATOR young teenaged thug children (many fatherless or completely illiterate Illegal Alien children from other more violent parts of the world) and out-of-control juveniles- and held hostage by official State of Virginia Public School policies which prevent strict discipline of students by teachers and school administration officials. I truly feel for the traditional teachers who are being put at risk daily in front of violent and unstable current young generations of troubled students. Its too bad the last time I had a public school teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools hold up their high-heeled shoe "Back of my shoe!" as the teacher threatened to throw her shoe at an unruly juvenile delinquent in the back row, was in our 1960s classroom. "It's Gonna Sting, Boys!" the portly Assistant Principle would warn loudly, pulling from behind his back and sport coat jacket, and smacking his home-made plywood, veneered, half-inch thick paddle hard against his other hand in the cafeteria in the 1960s. That was all it usually took to stop the young morons from throwing peas in the cafeteria, as I vividly recall.

Sadly, in today's American society, these same troubled students of the once- Eddie Haskell variety are now armed, genuinely mentally brainwashed and unstable with Radical Left Liberalism and Anti-Male indoctrinations, assigned prescribed drugs like Adderol, Ritalin, etc., and probably hooked on violent video games and cesspool gutter music- making these Bottom-Dwellers extremely dangerous anywhere on public school grounds, much less inside a public school classroom.

Better yet, this article confirms if you can save your more responsible, well-mannered, academically striving children from the hopeless public school environment, enroll them in a quality Home School Curriculum, or Private School or Community Hedge School- that action will make all the difference to spare them the K-12 Jungle Government Indoctrination Centers that teach them to Hate America, Disrespect Authority and to hate themselves.

And don't forget to re-elect President Trump who wants to provide all families with School Vouchers to save as many American children as possible from failing public schools.
JamesVirgil · October 13, 2020 at 5:56 am
The biggest threat to teacher pay is cost of pension benefits for former public employees and health benefits for current and former public employees. Certainly taxes will go up, but teachers unions are going to need to show some flexibility on pension and benefit reform if they want their current pay to grow.

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jim goodwin · October 12, 2020 at 3:31 pm
Define "truly safe", Ms. Hurlburt!!
AngryBob · October 12, 2020 at 1:47 pm
Teachers have been doing their best during the Chinavirus lockdown, but it just doesn't work with little kids. They need the in person interaction with their teacher and peers. The only one of my three that is thriving educationally is my preschooler. Because he's in private school that's open 5 days a week. The other two are respectful to their teachers, but they get bored staring at a computer screen. Wouldn't you?

No one is forcing a teacher to go to work. No one is forcing a parent to send their kids to school. There are options. Make your own decision.
ConcernedMom · October 12, 2020 at 12:32 pm
This isn't something new its just something more people can witness. A lot of kids are disruptive, and very rude. Theres not many consequences for the behavior so it just continues.
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