Belle Chesler

The 'great' reopening: We're setting up America’s schools to fail

Seventeen years ago, against the advice of my parents, I decided to become a public school teacher. Once I did, both my mother and father, educators themselves, warned me that choosing to teach was to invite attacks from those who viewed the profession with derision and contempt. They advised me to stay strong and push through when budgets were cut, my intellect questioned, or my dedication to my students exploited. Nobody, however, warned me that someday I might have to defend myself against those who asked me to step back into my classroom and risk my own life, the lives of my students and their families, of my friends, my husband, and my child in the middle of a global pandemic. And nobody told me that I’d be worrying about whether or not our nation’s public schools, already under siege, would survive the chaos of Covid-19.

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What Does It Mean When High School Students Take the Lead in Fighting a National Problem?

“It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter.”
-- Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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