Friday, March 20, 2020

Let Us Be Grateful in This Time of Need to the Following People

Let us continually thank the following people in this fight against COVID-19: our physicians, nurses, medical assistants, emergency medical technicians (paramedics, dispatchers, care assistants), laboratory technicians, respiratory therapists…, policemen, firemen, food service suppliers, grocery store and pharmacy employees, truck drivers, teachers…

The following letter is on Facebook. The writer is unknown:

“We gave educators almost no notice. We asked them to completely redesign what school looks like, and in about 24 hours local administrators and teachers ‘Apollo 13ed’ the problem and fixed it: kids learning, children being fed, and needs being met in the midst of a global crisis.

“No state agency did this and not so-called national experts on curriculum. The local educators fixed it in hours. HOURS.

“In fact, existing state and federal policies actually created multiple roadblocks. Local schools figured out how to do it around those too. No complaining and no hand-wringing—just solutions and amazingly clever plans.

“Remember the next time someone tries to convince you that schools are better run by mandates from non-educators. Remember the next time someone tells you that teachers have it easy, or try to persuade you that educators are not among the smartest, most ingenious people in society.

“And please never say to me again: ‘Those who can’t do anything else just go into teaching.’ Get out of the way of a teacher and watch with amazement at what [a teacher can do].”


  1. From John Church:

    "Perfectly said. Thank goodness for those who can step up to a challenge and get something done."

  2. The Trump administration is failing us! What should be done at the federal level to help each state in America? Produce and distribute more N-95 respirators, ICU beds, COVID-19 tests, disposable gloves and gowns for hospitals... and create auxiliary hospitals NOW!

  3. Remember: Trump had shut down the office responsible for responding to pandemics. He also defunded the CDC. He was warned by the Obama administration about the possibility of pandemics before taking office as well. Thus, Trump failed to secure tests and take the necessary precautions by ignorantly downplaying the severity of this virus. If Trump had been prepared and had taken action during the first crucial days and weeks, this epidemic could have been contained!