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OUR VIEW: Palm Beach Parents Need To Complain Less, Support Educators

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If You Think “We’re All In This Together,” Listen To Comments From Angry Parents Who Say Teachers Must Serve Them And Their Needs

Boca Raton Kids

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — One theme evident in today’s Palm Beach County School District workshop is that there are a lot of parents out there who apparently can’t handle parenting. They rely on teachers and the school district to provide emotional and intellectual support that they personally can’t provide. After a mere three days of distance learning, these parents claim they can’t handle it anymore.

Yet these parents have time to call the school board to record a message.

One parent in a multi-minute diatribe declared that “distance learning” is a “disaster.” He called on the board members to resign in “disgrace,” saying that they cannot give in to unions and “special interests” who are afraid of dying or becoming ill as a result of COVID-19.


Another parent said she just can’t have her child sit in front of a computer screen and claimed that COVID-19 numbers are so low that there’s no reason that schools aren’t back in session.

Yet these parents are seemingly oblivious to reports that Palm Beach County schools just aren’t ready to reopen. There’s no disinfectant. School buses were apparently found with dead animals inside. Teachers say social distancing in classrooms is unrealistic. And there are questions about air filtration in school and on school buses.



Yet these parents are seemingly oblivious to reports that Palm Beach County schools just aren’t ready to reopen. There’s no disinfectant. School buses were apparently found with dead animals inside. Teachers say social distancing in classrooms is unrealistic. And there are questions about air filtration in school and on school buses.


These parents also didn’t talk about the hard work that teachers have put in — from home — creating somewhat incredible online experiences. Many elementary teachers are teaching “live” all day long. They’ve created immersive interactive classrooms that keep children engaged. Kids are excited about learning online. Is it perfect? No. Is it impressive? Absolutely.

For every parent full of rage that they have to help their children learn throughout the day, seemingly scores of parents and teachers encouraged the school board to delay in-person education until there’s a truly workable plan. Everyone wants kids back in school. On that, most agree. But many of those speaking say they only want “normalcy” when it’s safe. Safe for kids. Safe for teachers. Safe for bus drivers. Safe for cafeteria workers. Right now it clearly is not.

Safety should be the only metric.

While we unquestionably believe that the Palm Beach County School District must create a plan to help physically and mentally challenged children who truly need professional assistance provided by schools, we are astonished at the parents who are calling just to complain. Parents who do not understand that teachers seem to be doing everything they can to make distance learning not just acceptable, but alluring.

We say it is inappropriate — and quite frankly, outrageous — to suggest that teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers or food services workers should risk dying or sickening their families because parents can’t figure out how to engage their children.


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