Today I am making my final preparations for school to
begin. I started teaching in 2004, after I retired from the Army, so this is my
16th Back to School! Not counting all the ones as a student! Only
eleven more to go before retirement!
things that we do every year, we are doing now. We are getting ready for Open
House. My classroom is spic and span and every inch has been cleaned and
sanitized. I have got my “Welcome Back Speech” made. And, of course, my lesson
plans are prepared.
talk about my lesson plans. We have an 8th grade curriculum covering
about 400 years of American history. Normally we have 36 weeks or so to cover it,
at about an hour a day. This comes out to roughly 180 hours of instruction. And
this year, due to Covid, I expect that we will have to write all those lesson
plans at least twice. Once for in person instruction and once for on-line.
point in all this is that SCHOOL IS STARTING. Students will be going back to
class and learning. It may not be like we’ve always been used to, but it will
be done. We are professional educators and we will make it happen, trust us.
your local school boards, folks. They know what they’re doing. Kentucky is very
proud of our system of “Local Control” where the state allows the local and
county school boards to run their public schools as the school boards see fit.
Yes, the state sets minimum graduation guidelines and so on. But the local school
boards say how it gets done.
this year many have chosen to start with distance learning. Some have started
with in class instruction. Others have tried a mixture. The bottom line is, we
elected our school boards and we have to trust that they did what they thought
was best for their district. For the most part they’ve left options open that
should work for everyone.
why it is important that you talk to our elected officials. Make your wishes
known. And then once the decision is made, support them. And if you don’t like
it, run for school board yourself next time.
good year. Be healthy, wear your mask!