A large number of schools around the country are offering families the choice of in person or remote schooling. In so many ways this makes sense, assuming in person schooling still has rigorous procedures for safety in place. However, if remote schooling is not treated as a separate and distinct endeavor, one that needs to be thought out and planned for, it will become a terrible experience for all involved and possibly a wasted year for students who cannot afford a year to waste. Not only is the experience of online education considerably different for students, it is for staff as well. In some districts teachers are being asked to teach their in-person class and simultaneously live-stream teach the remote learners, as well. Not only does this make the faulty assumption that live streaming the in-person lesson is the best option for remote learners, it also assumes that teachers have a near super-human ability to manage tech support, be in multiple locations at once, and divide their attention even more than it already was. Let’s stop this ridiculous practice, give our teachers a fighting chance, and let some folks plan for and focus on quality remote education for students who need that from us.
Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.
— Max DePree