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Those are the words of a public school teacher, explaining why she didn’t want to do the work she was getting paid for.
Wait, there was a sign-up sheet? I must have missed it. Of course, since I’m not a coward, I would have signed up anyway. Most of the other essential workers: paramedics, cops, truck drivers, grocery store clerks, and stockers would have, too. I’ve got admit that it is easy to be courageous when you’re facing a disease that, even in the plague-ridden state of Texas, has only killed 13/1000 of 1% of the population.
I also know who wouldn’t have signed up for this if they had a choice. The waitresses, bartenders, barbers, cooks, and dental assistants who have been furloughed. The business owners who have had their lives and livelihoods destroyed probably wouldn’t have either. I’ll bet the parents who have no one to watch their children so they can work wouldn’t have been too happy about putting their John Hancock on the dotted line.
Most of the kids would have enthusiastically signed. No school, yay! I’m sure none of them would take the time to read the fine print.*
I know who else would have signed for the current situation: Public school teachers. Why not? You get paid for staying home and playing on your computer and don’t have to be in the same room with all those annoying children. Of course, they are protesting against having to actually do the work they are paid for. Hey, the risk of dying from the Wuhan Virus is slightly higher than the chance of being killed during your commute! We can’t have that.
So what if it means the kids who depend on public schools are getting a slightly worse education? Remember “It’s for the children. . .” does not apply to people with strong unions. We knew that long before all of this. How much are they going to learn, anyway, from people who can’t even spell? Here, for instance,
. . .an “educator” misspelled the word ‘essential.’
*Side effects of Noschool® include depression, suicide, weight gain, decreased activity (especially sports and clubs), loss of your future, not seeing your friends, and having to hang out with your obnoxious siblings and awful parents for months at a time.Published in