In the dark days of the COVID pandemic, especially when we were flying blind about exactly what we were up against, I was very angry with those who seemed to discount the health of the teachers WRT “in person vs online” school.
We had the situation of overcrowded classrooms, poorly ventilated school buildings and parents who weren’t exactly to keep covid positive kids at home. And most of the discussion was about “the kids” (oh, the kids will be fine) and very little about the teachers and other staff. Note: I know it was more nuanced than that..remember that the schools were understaffed to begin with and there was a dearth of substitutes.
Well, now we have the problem of violence in schools, and in particular, violence against teachers. Example:
So, the discussion now revolves around…the minor in question? (what sort of criminal charges, if any…expulsion, etc.
But..what about the teachers? We walk about “the kids”, but what about the teachers? Would YOU want to work in such an environment? I wouldn’t.
Teacher welfare and safety have to be a major part of conversation. Teachers are not disposable robots.