It’s time for our country to reckon with itself on the deeply held value of education. Is it education that we value? Or is it the credential that results from certain types of education? We have lived in a society that has emphasized the importance of education from the very beginning. Benjamin Franklin once said “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” A similar refrain has been made by nearly every American leader since and reflected by generations of Americans at dinner tables across the country. On the surface, there’s nothing
As Illinois school districts release their reopening plans for the fall, the Tribune asked teachers, social workers and other school staff this question: What are your concerns about the upcoming school year?
Here’s what they said. Responses have been edited for space and clarity.
“I work in the Little Village area, which got hit really hard with COVID-19 because the parents are essential workers. … These families suffered greatly due to the symptoms of the illness, COVID-19-related deaths in the family, loss of income, and the inability to pay bills/rent. Most did not qualify for unemployment due to immigration status.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t reopen in the fall, and he lashed out at federal health officials over school reopening guidelines that he says are impractical and expensive.
Taking to Twitter to voice his frustration, Trump argued that countries including Germany, Denmark and Norway have reopened schools “with no problems.” The Republican president also repeated his claim that Democrats want to keep schools closed for political reasons and not because of any risks associated with the coronavirus.
“The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before
When historians look back at 2020, they might see some important lessons about how problems become really big problems when left to fester.
First, COVID-19 shut down the American economy and killed over 112,000 Americans — disproportionately African American — because we failed to establish the proper public health response early to address it.
Then, intense national protests erupted in every major city because of our persistent inability to address systemic racism, which manifested itself this time in the brutal police killing of George Floyd.
Problems don’t go away if we try to sweep them under the rug. They just