Memes that cherry-pick CDC guidelines on how schools can safely operate are making the rounds, and the Internet is stressing over what will happen when their children head off to learn once again.
Parents are collectively freaking out over their kids possibly having to wear masks, not being able sit next to other children on the bus, having to forgo games like tag, and other measures that will make school an experience unlike any we could ever imagine.
Many have already stated they would not send their child to school under those conditions.
I was one of them.
I was appalled by the dystopian future that seemed to behold my kids, and said, “no way.”
But, the more I thought about it, I realized just how privileged I am to be able to even entertain that choice. Because although taking on the education of my children is not something I really want to do, I know my circumstances make it possible for me to do so.
I have a partner who earns enough at his career to enable me to work as a freelancer and be able to care for our kids. We also have family within driving distance, should we need extra support.
Whether we choose to homeschool, send our kids to private school, or stick with public education, my family has options. Options many other families do not.
For many families, homeschooling is not feasible. And, while I am sure many of those parents are dreading the thought of their children having to abide by the numerous restrictions put in place for their safety, they simply have to suffer through it and put on a brave face for their kids.
And, we will further push the divide between those who can afford a safe and quality education for their children and those who cannot.
The kids who could use the most support will be hurt even more as budgets are allocated toward health and safety measures, leaving little for teachers, books and other materials to make school the place all kids deserve.
At this time when many of us are thinking about what we will do for our families, perhaps we need to consider what we will do for our communities.
How can we ensure all children, regardless of circumstances, get a school experience that is as joyous as possible? What can we do for the schools in our cities and towns?How can we help families who want to homeschool, but can’t?
This issue is one of the toughest we face as a country, but with passion, understanding and action, we can persevere.