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