June 5, 2020

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

Educators doing an amazing job during this time of crisis

By Chris Ray, Editor

While no one knows when, someday it will be all over. The COVID-19 crisis has shown us all how amazingly resilient, tough, caring, and just plain smart, our public school system is. At the risk of sounding cavalier, I congratulate our public school administrators, teachers, and staff for, in just a few days, completely redesigning what school looks like. Kids are being fed, they are learning, and their needs are being met in the midst of an unprecedented worldwide health crisis.

It wasn’t the State or Federal Department of Education that did the grunt work on this. There were no experts conducting studies and coming up the recommended procedures and guidelines. It was local educators, your friends and neighbors, underpaid and overworked every single school day in a normal year, who figured this out in hours.

I heard little or no complaining or hand wringing. Sure there was, and still is, plenty of worry. Not worry about themselves, but worry about their students: what they are going through, and are they able to learn under so much stress.

Don’t get me wrong, when the history of these trying times are written, there will be many heros –  medical professionals chief among them. But those that take care of our children’s education knew how important it is to make education a priority, not just for educational value, but to have some normalcy for children in a world turned upside down.

No we don’t know when it will be all over… but it will, someday, be over. And when it is, we will know that some things worked better than others, and some things may not have worked well at all. We will take these lessons and use them to make next time run even smoother. And there will be a next time!

And we will have also learned a lot about ourselves and those around us. And the one thing we have learned, that I think we can all agree on, is that we have an amazing group of professional educators taking care of our children in our public school system.

That is a lesson well worth learning.