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Why Teachers are Afraid to Go Back

  Opening schools to in-person learning is an extremely emotionally charged topic right now for parents and teachers both, and for good reason. With almost half a million Americans dead of COVID and worries about mental health crises from isolation very serious, there seem to be no good answers. In fact, one of my students recently told me that “there are no good options. There are only less worse options.” If the science says it’s safe and the district has a plan, which where I live has been approved by our very conservative Alameda County Public Health Department, then why aren’t all teachers excited about going back?  As a former classroom teacher, I want to explain this. Hint: It’s not about the science. The first thing you learn as a teacher is that you won’t make enough money. We joke about needing a rich spouse or family money but it’s not actually funny, because it’s so often true, especially for beginning teachers. The reason I am no longer in the classroom is becaus

Inauguration Poem

 Julia, one of my middle school students, wrote this for Biden's inauguration and said I could share. Amanda Gorman (pictured) was her inspiration.  (Poem shared with permission)   I was watching the inauguration on two screens the one on my TV screen and the one on my school screen that's how popular it was. It felt like someone put stuff Trump said/did in one book then someone ripped those pages out and put the good stuff Biden has done so far It felt like a new door was opening to a great new era now there will be a first Black woman vice president The outfits and coats that people were wearing were so beautiful I really liked Dr. Jill Biden's coat It had all the 50 states on it. Natalie Biden's coat was custom made. On Biden's first day, he didn't waste time It was as if he had to bring the whole country out of the cold So they could get warmer faster by Julia R.