Response to AISD FB Wars

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 15, 2020

Dear Editor,
    Letter in response to the “Facebook Wars” [“Inside the Facebook Wars Dividing Thousands of AISD Parents,” News, Dec. 11]:
    There are two modes of doing school during a pandemic: face-to-face and online. They are distinct. We continue to lose time and opportunities for developing meaningful consensus in attempting to pursue a “hybrid” of these two modes.
    The need for online education and the need to have some students come to campuses should not be in conflict.
    In support of online learning, school campuses could serve primarily as a safe place for some students to go online. Face-to-face instruction for students identified as needing special services would also take place.
    Otherwise, a limited cadre of on-campus educators would only serve to support online instruction. The children of essential workers, including teachers, as well as those needing a supportive place for going online would come to campuses.
    We would not confuse this way of implementing school online with ongoing attempts to “do school” on campus with educators having to teach –synchronously and/or asynchronously – both online and face-to-face. We can do a better job of addressing our students’ and our parents’ very real needs by not attempting to combine two very different ways of doing school. And teachers would be supported for their heroic efforts to keep our education system functioning during a pandemic.
Walter Stroup
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