Day 140: Who Needs Teachers?

We finally got some news about the upcoming school year. One of the options our local schools have been working on is what they’re calling a Virtual Academy. It’s a self-directed learning course that they plan to offer for the children of parents who don’t want to send their kids to school. Apparently there will be some minimal tech support, but no teaching staff. As if the plan didn’t already sound bad enough, word is that it’s a permanent (for the school year) choice. Any kids who join the academy will not be able to go back to school if the pandemic situation improves or take advantage of distance learning if the schools close again. But hey, what parent wouldn’t jump at the chance to leave their kids’ education almost entirely in their kids’ own hands? And who needs teachers, right? Grr.

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