Additional education should not be frowned upon
The decision to open public schools nationwide has been heavily debated and polls of parents, teachers, and staff show that the preference among those directly impacted is just as split.
In several polls, roughly a third of students, parents, and teachers strongly desire for an entire virtual platform to begin the new school year, a third is strongly in favor of reopening for full face-toface instruction, and a third are in favor of a hybrid model.
Unfortunately, schools and those directly impacted by their opening (or lack thereof) have been used by both political parties in their attempt at swaying voters.
Although this has become a train wreck, with very little consensus as to what is actually best, school districts like that in Fairfax County have taken it upon itself to unofficially police the education of students way out of its jurisdiction.
The Fairfax County Public School System in Virginia has elected to resume virtual learning for students and staff until at least the conclusion of the first semester. In conjunction with this decision, district personnel have asked parents who have children enrolled in the county’s school district not to provide their children with private tutoring during the school closure.
This request is absolutely absurd!
The school district is concerned that only those from wealthy families will be provided with the additional educational opportunities. They argue that this advantage will lead to a greater academic achievement gap.
While these concerns may be valid, it is not the responsibility of any parent to limit their child’s level of academic achievement to even the so-called playing field.
The school system has plenty of options and resources available to them if they want the level of education received to be equitable.
District personnel needs to think outside the box and make additional and supplemental educational opportunities available for those who live in households not as financially stable as their peers.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with parents getting their children additional tutoring if they have the financial resources to do so.
Telling parents that they should not help their children because it can seem advantageous is a huge discredit to the public school system.