I watched the school board meeting hosted by my local elementary district [Cary] back home in Illinois.
For nearly 30 minutes, mom after dad after mom after dad came to the lectern and throttled the board.
In my district (one of more than 850 independently operated local school districts in Illinois), the kids have attended classes fewer than 10 total in-person days since the second week of March 2020.
The tension was palpable.
The vitriol was genuine – the product of pent-up frustration with a district’s administration that followed “the science and data” that it has still yet to make a move toward reopening our schools.
The pains of this were articulated by parents who described their children having become turned off after months of Zoom-based learning.
One mom said that her twins cry frequently because they feel like failures.
Another said that her kids are spending so much time in front of screens that they no longer can sleep properly.
Still another said that her child’s personality has changed in the past six months.
She was nearly in tears.