COVID-19 has impacted our children’s education and I see this with my child who’s in the Peninsula School District. Add to that all the political distractions and mask mandates, returning to pre-Covid standards becomes even more difficult.
We don’t need to “re-imagine learning,” we need to focus on “regaining learning” after a year of closed schools. Remember that the United States is lagging behind many other countries. We must prepare our kids for what comes after graduation, which is best accomplished with in-person teaching of a standard curriculum without any distractions. Surveys show an overwhelming majority want traditional American values taught in schools, so let’s teach kids how to think, not what to think.
Many fear data will show remote classes were not as effective as we hoped. Our new superintendent will need community input and support. The school board must quickly react to negative news concerning last school year’s learning outcomes and work with the community to affect solutions, not “re-imagine.” We know what works.
We’re proud of our new schools but it’s the community whose generosity and hard-earned tax dollars deserve thanks. New and upgraded schools were desperately needed, but the focus must be inside the classrooms and we must continue efforts to improve broadband internet on the Key Peninsula in case the need for remote learning returns.
Our schools can again be the shining light in our community, but we must keep our focus 100% on the recovery of learning as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
David Weinberg, Gig Harbor, Candidate, PSD School Board Pos. 2
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