‘We stand for every child’: West University parents protest virtual learning for fall

Jul 24, 2020 by

When Houston ISD made the decision to switch to online classes for fall,  several parents in Houston’s West University neighborhood weren’t fond of that decision. Now, they’re making their voices are heard.

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“Children thrive from social interaction, learning from their peers, competing with their peers, comparing themselves to their peers, putting on clothes and presenting themselves, and learning manners each day inside the classroom, ” West U. mom Christine Flood told ABC-13.

Flood and some of the other West U. parents are gearing up for a Red Apple protest on July 27.  Red Apple organizers plan to protest each Monday at West University Elementary at 8 a.m.

“A month ago, there was a forum where it was a consensus that we would have more than just one option of only virtual learning,” Flood said in an interview with ABC-13.  “That there would be more options of in-person learning.”

The other issue Flood mentioned was that virtual learning was only a part of the full job of instruction.

“Virtual teaching is only half the job, so it will only be half the pay or less because parents are giving up their time that could be spent otherwise at work,” Flood said in the interview.

Harris County Department of Education’s Lydia Zatopek responded to the concerns by saying that parents and teachers should try the online approach for fall.

“They didn’t sign up to be fully online, but that’s unfortunately the situation that we’re living in,” Zatopek said. “Hopefully it’s not permanent. We know that. It’s going to end eventually.”

Houston parents are now weighing in on the West University protest on social media. Some are fairly vocal about their frustration over online learning, while others are relieved that kids won’t have exposure or risk to the virus in the online setting.

“Well let them get certified and go in the classroom and teach during these trying times. Parents are being held more accountable for their child’s learning. It’s a problem. No child should be lacking educationally. We have too much down time for this to be considered a problem,” Facebook user, Marcia Poole commented.

“Yes, Kids need to be in school. BUT the school districts have the responsibility to make necessary safety conditions. If a nail salon can do it, surely they can.” Facebook user, SP Parker commented.

“It’s not only about whether or not students will get sick. We could bring the virus home and give it to our parents. My brother takes medication that weakens his immune system. And no vaccine will lead to the worst outcome,” Facebook user, Lizzie Green commented.

Source: ‘We stand for every child’: West University parents protest virtual learning for fall – Houston Chronicle

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    John Threet

    I watched this interview on ABC Channel 13 News in Houston. Her comment about teachers should only receive 50% of their pay was way out of line. Teachers didn’t create this crisis. Imagine leaving for Spring Break and finding out a few days later that you can’t go back to school but you have to create lesson plans for online work. Online learning does not address all modalities of learning. It was (and will continue to be) a great challenge for teachers to meet the learning needs of all of their kiddos.

    I retired as the principal at West U Elementary almost a year ago. Having served there for 23 years, most of the teachers were hired by me. They are a top-notch group of dedicated educators which is a large reason West U has been one of the top-performing schools in the state for nearly 20 years. Many of them contacted me in the spring expressing the difficulties they experienced trying to teach online. For this woman to made snide comments about their efforts is beyond insulting, and isn’t helping with this crisis in education. She owes the West U faculty and administration, as well as all educators, an apology.

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