I like to think this is a reflection of my personality, too, because I try to see both sides.
That doesn't mean I agree with both sides, but I try to understand where people are coming from.
I understand the desire and need parents have to send their kids back to in-person school.
I understand the feeling that one's kid(s) is doing nothing except playing video games right now in the summer so the idea of doing more screen stuff for the foreseeable future as "school" is not appealing.
But I have to laugh at the notion that kids, suddenly, now during the pandemic, are for the first time in their lives going to bed at all hours of the night and not keeping a normal schedule.
There is a global pandemic.
Everything, for lack of a better term, sucks.
But while the pandemic is making things suck more for a lot more people, it doesn't mean that school and everything "normal" made life right as rain before.
And if we suddenly go back to school in person that children's lives will once again be precious and special and whole.
In-person school caused an awful lot of kids stress, for one, whether that stress was teacher-induced or getting up early-induced or not understanding school work-induced.
And I knew PLENTY of kids who would stay up all hours of the night playing video games and then come to school the next day.
Just because they were in-person in a school building did not mean they were getting anything like an education.
They were checked as physically present, but they were emotionally and intellectually not on the premises.
There were many times that I watched students do absolutely nothing.
Yes, that was with me, a sub.
But I know from their teachers that they still did nothing.
EVEN WHEN THEY WERE IN THE FREAKING BUILDING.
They would sit and not work, even with their teachers.
One teacher I know said one of her classes would get maybe, if she was lucky, 2 days of work in a 5-day period because they just played around and had no interest.
So I do get my panties in a bunch when adults act like kids were a-ok before pandemic but now are suffering depression and anxiety because they aren't at school.
That appears to be correlation, not causation.
Maybe they are depressed and anxious because there is a GLOBAL FUCKING PANDEMIC.
AND THE ECONOMY IS IN TATTERS BECAUSE THE US, especially, HAS ACTED LIKE WE CAN JUST GO ABOUT OUR BUSINESS AND KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON.
I'm not sure sending them back to school in a building with its public health rules and the potential for quarantine when someone turns up COVID-positive after two days in the building (hello Charlestown HS) is gonna reduce that anxiety/depression.
For all we know, it could make it worse.
And by saying all this, I'm not suggesting that the kids who stayed up all night and played video games and were just zombies in the building was alright.
I didn't like it, and it's not right, and I know there are ways to resolve it with enough funding and enough work and making class sizes WAY, WAY smaller than 30 kids or even 15 kids in a class.
But it is super pollyanna-ish to act like putting bodies in a building is going to make life normal.