We don’t even need to look across the ocean. How about just looking across the Long Island Sound? Connecticut plans to reopen schools in September, full-time, no-nonsense. The Hartford Courant reported last week that “16,000 New Yorkers have left the state for suburban Connecticut since March, according to new data from the U.S. Postal Service.” This is not a coincidence. Anyone who can get out will and the rest of us will be stuck with an already failing school system that doesn’t work for anybody.
The same people who designed our abysmal online education system during the lockdown are responsible for this foolish plan. A story in these pages last week highlighted an irate mom of a Brooklyn Tech student telling the story of six of his seven teachers skipping live instruction. If one of New York’s finest high schools can’t get it right, who can?
A mother of twin first-graders, at one of the “best” elementary schools in New York City, told me their teacher did not do a single live instruction during the entire lockdown period. Do we really believe that teacher will spring into action when she’s responsible for both in-person AND online education?