Academic year, that is. Last week was final exams. Then came the end of masking in my region, which means that Covid-19’s Reign of Error is finally over.
Here are some closing thoughts:
- The Middle School Mafia arrived below grade-level and – thanks to the Department of Education’s denial of a state-requested waiver – spent precious class days taking standardized tests to determine they were below grade-level.
- Schoolteachers who disliked returning to in-person classes should change professions.
- Our students got a detailed lesson in hypocrisy when journalists exposed how the Michigan governor and members of her staff found her restrictions too onerous to follow. (The “test” part of the lesson will occur at the next gubernatorial election, when many of them will be eligible to vote!)
- It’s terrible when parents expect public employees to parent their children.
- It’s tragic when students feel safer at school than at home.
- The best part of teaching is interaction; the worst is typing information into various electronic databases and forms.