Parents are not doing Zoom school. They think it’s stupid. Yet teachers have been doing school day after day like it’s essential. A survey by Fishbowl reveals that the majority of professionals prefer to continue working from home. Except K-12 teachers. They prefer going back to working at school.
What’s amazing about that survey is that teachers are so different from the rest of the workforce, so it seems unlikely that they are capable of training kids to be part of the workforce. It’s hard to guess why teachers don’t want to work at home, but it must be difficult for them to compartmentalize at home. And it must be difficult for them to minimize distractions while they work. Which are, of course, the very skills that make them great with children.
We have selected the best babysitters, and we have built babysitting buildings in every town. Let’s be honest about what’s going on instead of calling this school. Babysitting is happening at school. And school can happen at home. Because work can also happen at home.
Which means now we can start figuring out what to do about the lack of socioeconomic mobility in the United States.