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Parents are overwhelmed, students feel disconnected, teachers remain sorrowful. we are all navigating this unfamiliar social grief intertwined with the unknown at a rapid pace. every day, for those of us lucky enough to have our health, another freedom is engulfed by this pandemic.
today i collected some items from my classroom as we prepare for a new academic adventure, but there was a lingering feeling of doubt. a shadow none of us can shake. quite frankly, the thought that this might be the last time i see my classroom this year snaked into my mind. the emptiness is palpable. this goodbye is for june, not march.
and so we are left to face our own questions: what is truly important? essential? and what in our fast-tracked daily lives do we consider indispensable? do the two match?
this may be the unpopular teacher opinion of the year, but i don’t think academics are paramount to family or health, mental or physical. it’s okay to miss a test or an assignment because the perfection of it all will eventually be shattered. and we are far too delicate now to pick up the pieces. america is at an imbalance where the college track, scholarships, and pressures to perform outweigh everything else. this newfound distance from our demands could be our reminder to hit reset.
i am hopeful that 2020 is not the monster we all want it to be. that perhaps at the end of this tragedy we will find a glimmering prospect of hope. for now, i wish all my students experience health, love, and safety. we will worry about the rest another day. .
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