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An educated public is the ultimate check on government abuse and, as such, teachers have become essential workers in our very fragile democracy. Our schools must emphasize critical thinking skills where evidence is used to support assertions. 

The value of CTE

College is not for everyone and CTE high schools can teach valuable skills to students who will not go to college or can’t afford college.

Second Act is first-rate

An insight into our lives after retirement is uplifting and a source of appreciation for the peace of mind made possible by the stability of a pension system and a strong union. 

Remote can be out of control

This whole online and hybrid system is a mess! IPads are terrible for remote learning. Perhaps whoever made this decision should have tried to access the platforms the students are expected to use.

Lump summary

The arbitrator’s decision on the lump sum is not ideal, but nothing is ideal in the era of COVID-19. Let’s face the fact that New York City is broke! We are lucky to even get 50% at this time — thanks to smart union leadership for ensuring that arbitration was included in the negotiations when the deal was made years ago.

Teachers can restore compassion 

My callous indifference to the news that the president of the United States had contracted the coronavirus brought some clarity to the real nature of the pandemic that has afflicted the nation.

What happened to my innate compassion toward those less fortunate or ill? My compassion had been replaced with contempt, and it did not feel right! 

Class reunion

I teach visual arts and received a grant for $1,000 for art supplies for my students. I made packages for each of my students and took a drive through Cambria Heights and Queens Village to drop off supplies at each student's home

Race matters

Educators in all levels and disciplines must take the lead in bringing about a long overdue public transformation on the issue of race.

Most important lesson

I have concern that this pandemic has robbed pre-K students of the crucial lesson that prepares them for a productive future: how to get along with others. That skill cannot be taught remotely.

Funding our schools

Betsy DeVos, the federal secretary of education, just gave parents and educators another reason why Donald Trump should be put out of office in November.