I am finding this year that I rarely have time to sit down and write. Here are three to read on school reopening:
- "Why reopening schools has become the most fraught debate of the pandemic" by Rachel Cohen in The American Prospect walks through what we do and don't know, walking through the studies that keep being oversimplied and some of what isn't being discussed. One of the best things I've read on this.
- A note from Chalkbeat New York City by Reema Amin on parents of color by majority choosing not to send their children back to school buildings, even as they are more dissatisfied than white parents with remote schooling, and some thinking on why that's applicable far beyond NYC
- An opinion piece by Melinda Anderson in The New York Times on the racism that Black and brown students are not having to deal with by not being in school buildings. It opens:
“You’re out of your mind if you think I’m ever going back to school.”
Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, a Black mother of two who lives in Florham Park, N.J., initially laughed off the pronouncement her 13-year-old made in March after the Covid-19 pandemic closed the state’s schools. But it became clear that her daughter, Saige, was serious. So Ms. Aryee-Price started to revisit the things she’d heard her daughter say in response to her daily “How was school?” queries.
“Whether it was other students saying that she’s too loud, or people saying she has anger-management issues, it was always something,” Ms. Aryee-Price said, describing the subtle bigotry that Saige experienced but was unable to articulate and name.