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Back-to-School Dilemma – a Modest Proposal

My “modest” proposal for the back-to-school dilemma: Why not pay parents for homeschooling during Covid? Have them take online crash course in pedagogics (etc) & give the unemployed a home-based job opportunity as teachers’ aids (to home-school in tandem with remote learning), thus extending and capitalizing on the federal stimulus payments & minimizing unnecessary Covid exposure.

I understand the argument that kids need socialization with peers, but, as i see it, the school experience will resemble life in Handmaid’s Tale, with teachers functioning as correctional officers (by having to micromanage otherwise normal spontaneous play, which, I am afraid, will be traumatizing for kids).

Paying parents to home-school during the pandemic accomplishes several things – teaching others elevates those who teach, therefore, having parents learn pedagogics and behavior modification and having them refreshen their own academic fund of knowledge is a much-needed form of existential continued education; paying parents to home-school (in conjunction with remote school faculty) creates jobs for unemployed parents and keeps teachers employed … and healthy; and thirdly, as I noted above, doing so minimizes unnecessary exposure to Covid until we get past this hump. #BackToSchool2020

Back-to-School Dilemma – a Modest Proposal

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2020). Back-to-School Dilemma – a Modest Proposal. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from


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