Is our children learning?
— New York Post (@nypost) August 5, 2020
Teachers brought along visual aids, including handmade coffins and a guillotine, while protesting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s schools reopening plan in Lower Manhattan on Monday afternoon.
About 200 protesters — many of them educators, parents and students — marched from the United Federation of Teachers headquarters to the NYC Department of Education offices near Foley Square.
“Children cannot focus on schoolwork if their family members or teachers are in the hospital or dying,” said Frankie Cook, a kindergarten teacher at PS 261 in Brooklyn.
And they definitely can’t focus on schoolwork if their teachers are too busy gathering in large groups to protest being expected to do their jobs.
Obviously these protesters are not representative of all teachers. But they represent a disturbingly — and frustratingly — large group of people who want all the prestige of being viewed as “essential” without actually behaving as though they’re all that essential.
If they don’t want to be an essential worker then replace them.
— BamaGirlAnn (@AnnNabors4) August 5, 2020
And then there’s the hypocrisy:
They can congregate in large numbers, just not to teach. https://t.co/F2R6qvTJyF
— Queen Velvet (@TMIWITW) August 5, 2020
I'm confused…….the teachers are afraid they'll catch COVID if they go back to school to teach but aren't afraid they'll catch COVID if they gather in large protest groups and definitely don't stand 6' apart.
— Wagdaddy (@jimhwagner) August 5, 2020
However, somehow, them being together for a protest won’t create an opportunity to contract COVID. Before anyone says it, yes, they’re wearing masks and they’re outside. Still doesn’t guarantee their safety, though.
— AngieJ?? (@ajamison5678) August 5, 2020
— #Shaw I'm #Marlene (@Marleneshawnuff) August 5, 2020
These so-called educators want to have their cake and eat it, too.
bUt tHeY ArE aLL wEaRinG mAsKs!!1!!1!1!!!11
Great! Then they can all wear masks while teaching. Problem solved!
— djm1992 (@djm1992a) August 5, 2020