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By ucblockhead (Wed Feb 10, 2021 at 11:09:04 PM EST) (all tags)
Compare and contrast


As you may know, my wife's a teacher.  On Monday night, she watched the school board meeting discussing her future.

First the public comment.  Apparently, teachers are selfish for not wanting to go back without being vaccinated.  Meanwhile, my wife has taught Zoom classes where at least one kid was taking the class from a car on the road to Tahoe.

The upshot is that she's being sent back into the class room in a week, one week before the grading period ending, and they are switching all the kids around to accommodate various "remote learning" or "hybrid learning" requests.  Her kids will be "social distanced" at exactly 6 ft per desk, measured with a ruling.  They have been assured that they are using the "state rules" and "CDC guidance", exactly as stated, to the minimal level allowed.

So basically:

  • Get your ass back into the classroom
  • Vaccination is your issue
  • We are doing the bare minimum
By pure coincidence, my company had its all-hands, to talk about "what we do when we go back".  The upshot was "we found the state and CDC guidance inconsistent and confused so we are ignoring it".  "Many of the companies around the bay are talking together about what to do".  "We are going to be conservative and wait for other companies to decide"

Anyway, the upshot:

  • Working 100% remote until at least August
  • Phase it in after that over a period of months after that
  • Very allow part time remote work basically forever
I honestly don't understand why my wife doesn't just say "fuck you, I quit".

Anyway, it's a bit weird...it's clear that I will work from home at least some of the time for the rest of my career.

It does seem like there's a weird phase change going on in silly valley at least.  I think tech is finally going to go for remote work in a big way.  I wonder what this will do for traffic, housing prices, etc.  Who knows?  Oddly, Zillow says my house is 20% more valuable now then this time last year.

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Teachers by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Feb 11, 2021 at 06:44:01 AM EST
Here in the NoVa schools are probably reopening in March. Figuring out how to reopen schools safely is something that should've been a priority a year ago, but apparently it was more important to keep restaurants open. While remote learning seems to work, sort of, for some older kids who can be a bit more self-directed, it's a disaster for most other kids, and of course for their parents, mostly their mothers. Women have lost 30 years of progress in one year because many of them can't go to work without the kids being in school.

So, yeah, it sucks for the teachers, and maybe they should find another line of work, but they are outnumbered enough that their choices are going to be either take their chances or find new careers. And, yes, I know some teachers, and they're not happy.

This country has got to get serious about dealing with the whole child care system. Mitt Romney is taking a swing at it on the financial front, but more is going to be needed.

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I'm disgusted by clock (4.00 / 3) #2 Thu Feb 11, 2021 at 09:07:20 AM EST
"We're tired of doing things we don't like, so we need to stop and get back to Normal."

I wrote a big comment here that was full of vitriol. I'll just boil it down...

She should quit. Just fuck it. It's not worth the risk. Anyone who can exercise privilege, should. And then double down on advocating for those without it.


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

Yeah by ucblockhead (4.00 / 3) #3 Thu Feb 11, 2021 at 09:56:27 AM EST
I wish some of the people complaining about "selfish teachers" would understand that.  Our finances are such that should could walk out the door and never return to the job tomorrow.
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