School daze
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Dear Editor,

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza proved they are the

Beavis and Butt-Head of public education by postponing the start of in-school instruction for grades K-12 for the second consecutive time this month.

They cite a shortage of teachers for their "blended learning" program, but the sad truth is that blended learning is really ended learning because you can't successfully combine the classroom and online experiences.

The city’s Catholic schools recognized that by conducting their fall semester fully in person, and it's worked smoothly so far. Do they have God on their side, or just more competent leadership?

Granted, Catholic schools have a total of 82,000 students versus the more than one-million students served by Department of Education (DOE). But they also have a much smaller budget than DOE and its teachers earn less than their public school counterparts, although they showed up for work without griping.

Public school teachers took their cue from whiner-in-chief Michael Mulgrew, head of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), who proved that UFT really stands for Union Fails Teachers.

As a volunteer tutor at P.S. 164 in Kew Gardens Hills for seven years, I saw firsthand how tough a job teachers have. Their work requires the skills of instructor, mentor, entertainer, administrator and substitute parent.

I admired and respected them for showing up to do it every school day, regardless of any personal problems they had.

Teachers must continue to show that dedication during the COVID crisis, the same as other essential workers like police, firefighters, healthcare providers, sanitation crews, grocery store clerks and postal workers.

Teachers who refuse to enter their schools are really saying that they are non-essential workers, and as such they don't deserve to be paid. Stop whining and start doing your job.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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