Reopening Schools Is Way Harder Than It Should Be

Compounding the difficulty is the fact that schools are run locally, autonomy the Trump administration has taken to new extremes by offering reopening instructions that amount to, “good luck.”

Reopening Schools Is Way Harder Than It Should Be – The New York Times

Educators and students of all ages are facing dangerous health risks in the middle of an uncontrolled pandemic. Parents are facing unemployment and housing security. Hunger is at an all time high. The U.S. population should not go back to school or work because they face housing and food insecurity in the middle of a worldwide public health hazard. Helping the bankers and large corporations will not make the COVID-19 infections go away or help persons on the streets. Using federal troops to intimidate cities into submission is a waste of government money and affront to the right to assemble in peaceful protest. Health providing services should be boosted, not cut in the middle of a public health disaster. Public appearances of influential politicians should not disseminate misinformation or give false hope in order to assure reelection. We should not give up our destiny to “good luck”.

Published by nelsongon

I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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