If K-12 schools will be online-only, why not start right now?

“Most California Schools Unlikely To Open In Fall Under New State Rules” (NPR):

Most California schools may remain closed when the academic year begins in the fall, according to new state directives, with a majority of campuses likely having to shift to distance-learning instead.

The new requirements stipulate how and when schools may reopen for in-person learning when the academic school year begin. … Under the new rules, a county must also not be on a list of counties being monitored for rising coronavirus infections. Thirty-two of the states 58 counties currently don’t hit that benchmark. To open schools for in-person instruction, those counties would have to be off that list for 14 consecutive days, according to the directives.

The directives are on the heels of announcements that some of the state’s largest districts had already decided to enter the academic year with no in-person classes. Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco all recently said they planned online-only learning when students returned.

This makes sense for a population whose only goal in life is avoiding Covid-19 infection. But why wait for the fall? Given that students already missed a lot academically during what would have been the spring semester, wouldn’t it make sense for K-12 to start up right now for any student who wants to try to catch up? Supposedly, the schools and teachers that did a lame job with online education in June will be doing an awesome job in September. But why not start with the awesomeness tomorrow, for example?


6 thoughts on “If K-12 schools will be online-only, why not start right now?

  1. Because the goal of teachers is to get paid the most amount of money for the least amount of work.

    • Correct. The legal answer to Paul’s question is: because their contracts don’t start until September 1.

  2. This is good news. The failure of our school system can no longer be blamed on teachers, administrators, school system, politician, or parents any more or even better, the dumbness of USA that we have become. It can now be safely blamed on COVID-19.

  3. The more motivated of our population is already in school. So here in NYC lots of private schools in the Chinese community have been up and Zooming all summer with kids studying math and English. The place I am familiar with has four hours a day of class and then lots of homework. The Chinese parents, working class and semi-literate in English, are too smart to wait to see what Mayor DeBlasio (a/k/a “Warren Wilhelm jr”, a/k/a “The Dope From Park Slope”) and his schools “Chancellor” and his paymasters at the UFT are going to do in September.

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