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Re: Covid - Can't beat it - Join it!
Not at all. Personally, I think the 2.2 million that would've died without social distancing measures (Trump's number) is a fair trade for keeping a lot of those other people (you know, the ones who didn't die) employed. 15 people keeping their job for every 1 person dead sounds like a great deal.
Just so I am hearing you correctly you are okay with the 30+ million unemployed and the other unintended consequences like the most vulnerable kids falling farther and farther behind?
Like one of the Houston City Councilmen said the longer this goes, (referring to the rent assistance), the more the people who need to work the most become wards of the state. I'm cool if you can truly stand by that but wasn't sure if that's really what you meant.
Amen, brother. I'm all for more people dying as long as I have job security. We never should have closed down schools to begin with. I didn't get to take my band to UIL. That's the real tragedy here.
I just want you to remember how FOR this shutdown...... In other words, it's easy to sit back and support this in the name of "health" and "safety" while it changes very little about your own life. Supply chains weren't hit and your paycheck never stopped. You had groceries, internet, tv, and AC, (unlike a hurricane). For all intents and purposes, we teachers got a 4 month summer vacation at home with no testing requirements or bathroom monitoring. We still ate and drank and had all the luxuries except for eating in a restaurant or going on a weekend vacation.
Those that are for this in the name of safety are missing the millions and millions impacted for other reasons.
So my statement was simply saying it will be sad but interesting to watch the flip flop when suddenly band directors start losing their jobs over the shutdown they supported until it became personal.
Now trust me, I really hope that doesn't happen! I don't want anyone to lose their jobs. I don't want the 30+ million now unemployed and I don't want teachers in the fall to lose jobs. I don't want lives lost needlessly. But the mightier than thous standing behind protecting life might just not be so idealistic when suddenly they don't have insurance or a paycheck if districts cut sports and send everyone home for another year in the name of safety. My auto insurance is paying me back because people aren't on the roads. Will schools pay me back for surplus budgets when buildings don't open and buses don't run? How long will a school keep 3 or 4 high school band directors when all they are doing is sending out Smartmusic assignments? And don't tell me you have a contract because you and I both know that can go away in the blink of an eye when your services are no longer justified.
Sounds like God help those kids if you have to teach English. I've read your opening thoughts a few times and I still don't know what you're trying to say in the opeing sentence.
I just want you all to remember how for this shutdown you were. Let's see if we still have the same feelings if your job or purpose goes away come fall. Just remember you were all for shutting down if it saved just one life..... (until it affects you).
No sports means no marching band. No marching band means a huge loss of funding and exposure. And those that trash on Bubba and Friday nights do realize how much they do DO for Texas music programs. Or worse, the schools talking about A/B days or having the elementary kids go but MS/HS kids do remote learning (DISD) so they can turn those campuses into elementary campuses to open up space. And they all decide that without kids on campus there is no need for electives, (don't think the state won't wave those requirements in a heartbeat if they decide going to school is too scary), and then your choice is to teach math, (God help those poor kids if I have to teach them math), or you go on unemployment. Makes a mild case of Covid sound inviting doesn't it if it means you can keep your way of life.
Anyone thinking about purposely getting Covid this summer in hopes to build up the immunity before the school year begins???
I'm in good health, 40s, and just want to put it behind me this summer so I can get on with my Fall and teaching!
We're all going to get it at some point and I believe that I will build an immunity to it.