Just imagine if our kids were out of school even longer. Would you believe me if I told you we have dealt with these effects before?
Teachers, just imagine how terrible it would be for our kids if they were out of school for longer than seven months. I often wonder how detrimental that might be on their social, emotional, and educational well-being and growth. It is a blessing that we have the option of going virtual, but that definitely is not the same as in-person instruction and being able to cater to their different educational needs(because we all know that that’s what all exceptional teachers do- practice humanity day-in and day-out in the classroom). I even go so far as to think about how the requirement of social distancing due to COVID, and now the loss of quality of life due to Laura, might affect them and us. So, then I got to thinking about the effect of not being able to return to in-person school for the ENTIRE school year. Would we just skip the students to the next grade and try to ‘review’ at the beginning of the year, in hopes that they might catch up? Surely there will be a few that quickly adapt as though they had not missed a beat. But let us be honest, those are the 1% of the classroom. Again, I get to thinking about what if the kids miss all this time of school and then move to another state and are expected to be on grade level. You know how others stereotype Louisianians as the next country water boy that lacks intelligence. However, it would not their fault that they are behind due to natural disaster and possibly lack of aid to their devastated area by elected officials (government). But I think they might say that the parents should have done more with them at home, etc. It is a lot to think about, but I think we have been here before….
Just imagine teachers and those who were blessed not to have had this ancestry, for 400 years African-Americans/Blacks were denied education, made to work in the heat and cold (much like we are complaining about now during this devastation), and chained and hanged from trees for various reasons (kind of like what we see today: not following directions, trying to get away, not respecting authority, if a white woman named whatever felt they were doing something wrong). Now imagine after being enslaved and conditioned to slave mentality and savageness that they were freed and expected to acclimate to a society and pull themselves up by the bootstraps while still living under the stereotype of a nigger. Thank god for freedom under segregation, but it is definitely not as good as de-segregated freedom. Though, they were free they and others held the mentality that they were less than a person. Now again, there are the 1%, maybe 2, that might catch up as though they never missed a beat… but as teachers, you know that is not the normal. Should the world that failed them blame them for their inability to catch-up in this new world, or should they provide SpEd services… SORRY... reparations in the form of education, dismantling systemic racism, and speaking out against oppression and actions that could further marginalize those affected? Hmmm…. Just a thought for those deciding whether or not to turn a blind eye to the 'isms' of the world, think that people should not protest, or have a right to be angry.
You see for many minorities, living in America is like being in a family that turns a blind eye to physical and sexual abuse toward a child because it paints the family in a negative light and fails to take any sort of responsibility once it comes to light. You kind of assumed something was going on, but you told yourself lies so it did not disrupt your reality. Often, the child is scrutinized for his/her part in it. If the family ultimately covers it up, then the child is made to live in the shame of their own skin that he/she can grow so disgusted with, that they morph into whatever the family wants them to be that aligns with the fairy-tale ending that cuts the abusive chapter out of the story.
Thank you for every person who is not afraid to look at our painful history in its eye and take on the responsibility of righting a wrong by addressing their own beliefs and thought processes that help lead to things like slavery, religious bigotry, political bigotry, etc.: superiority, greed, entitlement, hierarchy, etc.
My name is Frankie Reed-Shaw. I am a wife and mother of three. I love all things creative, especially writing thought-provoking pieces. I embarked on my journey of blogging about growth, maturity, and SPIRITUAL concepts about two years ago. My passion is expressing challenging ideas in hopes that myself, and others, engage in consistently thinking outside the box and strive to live a most authentic life, free of constraints. Don't be shy, feel free to comment your life experiences and wisdom on any post.