Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Back To School

Today is the first day of school here in Miami-Dade County.  It is supposed to be the first “normal” school year after the nearly thirty months of disruption due to Covid-19, but now we face the onus of working under the “freedoms” imposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and his band of ignorant tight-asses who wield their cudgels of “Don’t Say Gay” and meticulous nit-picking at the curriculum to see if there is anything at all in textbooks that might hurt the fee-fees of white Christians who can’t stand being told that their ancestors were slave-owners.  They are replacing the non-existent Critical Race Theory with the all-too-real Critical Master Race Theory and turning on its head the idea that conservatives believe in local control and smaller government.

The result will not be straight white wholesome students.  It will be ignorance, bigotry, and interference by parents who can’t be bothered to show up for a teacher conference but send money to DeSantis’s presidential campaign.  It will be students who will be sacrificing their future — and admissions to colleges and universities — for the ambitions of a petty bully who has delusions of being the next Trump without the charm.  And it will lead to more and more tax-payer funded attempts to turn back the tide of history and in reality end up in court.  Is it any wonder there are teachers leaving the profession they love in droves?

This year marks my twentieth year working for the students of Miami-Dade County.  I hope they have a great year, and every day I remind myself that in some small way, I and the people I work with are doing the best we can for them.  That’s all that matters.

One bark on “Back To School

  1. I wish you luck. My daughter (Yes, Great Cephalopod headed Old Ones can have children, yuh huh, we can!) is finishing her senior year in a *sigh* Polk County high school. She and I are resigned to just slogging her way through the ever growing educational minefields that fascist DeSantis is throwing in her and every other childs way.

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