The School District of Philadelphia is prohibiting teachers from giving online classes to their students, because the Superintendent believes there are “equality concerns.” It is certainly possible there are worse public school districts than Philadelphia, but I am having a difficult time naming any off the top of my head.
The School District of Philadelphia will not allow teachers to do “remote instruction” with students while schools are closed during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a letter sent to principals Tuesday night. Because the district cannot ensure equal access to technology among students, it’s barring individual schools from providing graded virtual instruction.
Having lived in this garbage city for a half century, I can assure you even the poorest people in the ‘hood have internet. They may not have heat, running water, or nutritious food, but I can guarantee everyone of them have an iPhone and home internet. This entire excuse is bullshit.
“To ensure equity, remote instruction should not be provided to students, including through the internet, technology at home, by phone, or otherwise,” the letter read.
I can also guarantee the teachers in this city love this decision. “Wait, I can sit on my ass for a few weeks and still get paid? Sign me up!” Every single schoolteacher should be embarrassed by this and resign in protest. They won’t, though, because easy paycheck.
“Students should not be required to complete new assignments or homework activities. Schools may not make independent decisions to offer remote instruction at this time. As guidance and circumstances continue to unfold, we will provide updates when necessary.” (H/T – Toothy)
Here’s what the school district will eventually decide. All students, no matter how poor, will be promoted to the next grade no matter how dismal their grades. They’ll miss out on at least two weeks of instruction, but they’ll push the kids through anyway. It’s the Philadelphia way.
I never want to hear another Philadelphia public school teacher brag about how they’re “heroes” ever again. You had your chance to be a hero to these kids, and you sat and did nothing. Disgraceful.