Do I sacrifice my life at the expense of becoming an involuntary accomplice who fatally harms children and their academic futures? In addition to planning for one of the most vital and stressful professions on the planet, many teachers are spending their summers facing life altering decisions. The dilemma of reopening schools in the fall of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic is a monumental moment that is being cemented in history books globally.
In a USA TODAY/Ipsos poll in May, 1 in 5 U.S. teachers said they were unlikely to go back to work. Can you imagine the catastrophe of opening a school with 20% of your educators? A principal's primary concern is to make sure that kids are safe and teachers are equipped to teach them. Now, administrators are faced with the reality of those two pillars hanging by a thread. Neuroscience research has confirmed that focusing on instruction is only effective when the focus on the environment for instruction is intact. As it stands, schools are looking to begin the school year with everyone wearing a mask, on edge, and relating to one another in unhealthy ways. Whether teacher or student, neither one can properly function in their roles if safety is absent.
Have teachers become pawns in a political game? I have colleagues who are echoing those sentiments. They strongly believe their beliefs are valid because we live in a country where the president's irresponsible words and actions have become a lighter that ignites the nation's gasoline soaked anxiety levels. Not to mention the state of Florida's constitution that empowers school boards instead of the Department of Education to operate, control, and supervise public schools. Keep that in mind next time you cast your vote for school board members. Apparently, the experts are saying that the American economy