I’m glad I’m not the parent of a child who might not be able to go back into his or her classroom, once again, this fall. I haven’t had this conversation with my daughters and sons-in-law, and how possibly having to teach our grandchildren, again, will affect them, while at the same time they are working at jobs they can luckily do from home, at least for now.
I can’t even imagine what a parent will be facing, again, if they can’t work from home.
I’m also glad I’m not a teacher who is agonizing over their individual desire to get back into the classroom, and fear of COVID-19.
I have only briefly discussed this with my sister, who is a lifelong educator.
There are no easy answers.
Regardless of what decisions are made in the coming month about when or if to go back into the classroom, I can guarantee you this country will see a slow uprising from parents, coupled with the detrimental side effects of children not being in the classroom if schools aren’t open.
This is not a judgment about decisions that will be made, but a prediction about what the affect will be, nationwide, if schools don’t open on day one, or soon thereafter.
I respect any parent’s decision they make regarding their child(ren), as well as teachers and other personnel who have to be on campus when classes are in session.
At some point, and I have no idea when that point is reached, we are going to have to come to grips with the reality that the “cure” will at some point be worse than the virus itself.
I try to read as much as I can about the coronavirus, and what I have learned is there are a lot of experts with differing opinions, as well as a lot of non-experts with differing opinions.
One of the most interesting things I’ve read about lately is herd immunity, and when that actually becomes a viable option, if not the best option.
There are two things I am absolutely sure of regarding our collective state of affairs.
First, our nation is going to come out the other side much different than when we entered the pandemic. Only time will tell exactly what those differences will be, but I bet our public education system doesn’t exit unscathed is classrooms remain closed.
Second, the politicization of COVID-19, as well as the politicization of every social injustice – real or imagined - will end the day after the election.
The virus and whatever social injustices we really have won’t magically disappear, but the politicization will end, and law and order must return.
Without law and order, we might as well kiss our great country goodbye.
If you think the untamed violence is cool, lets talk after a member of your family is injured or killed, your home is threatened, or your business is ransacked.
It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pumphandle, and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.
A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op.
The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her “services” on credit.
The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.
The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves. No one produced anything. No one earned anything.
However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a Stimulus package works.
Until next week, have a good week … and smile a while.
Mike Probst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.