The NCAE Knows What’s ‘Best’ For Our Kids

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) believe that they, NOT parents, are the ones who know best how to meet our children’s educational needs. Their motto: “Our Schools, Our Safety, Our Say!!!” says it all.

I did not fill out the Wake NCAE questionnaire because it didn’t address ideas on how to improve our schools such as curriculum transparency, school performance and accountability, rewarding teacher performance, attracting teacher talent, and a plan to reopen schools. I stated that the School Board must do a better job of connecting parents and teachers bringing them into conversations about programs, safety, and engagement.

Here is Wake NCAE’s reply:

Good Morning Greg. 

I hope this email finds you well. I would like to first thank you for responding to my email. I do think it’s a little disappointing that as a WCPSS candidate, you would dismiss the educators of Wake NCAE. 

I am not sure if you’ve been listening to the school board meetings, Wake NCAE has and will continue to lead the conversation regarding what this reopening process should like. I am not sure if you’ve been a teacher or not. Put yourself in our shoes for a moment. Educators across the state are organizing around what we want our reopening process should look like. Not what a politician who has never taught. 

This questionnaire was an opportunity for you to address your vision for what you think is best for our students and educators. Therefore since you didn’t complete this questionnaire, you will not receive an interview for an endorsement. 

I am not an educator. But, if I had to grade Wake NCAE’s response, I’d give it an A+ for condescension, arrogance, and contempt.

As of July 23, 2020, 9 of the 15 largest school districts are choosing remote learning only as their back-to-school instructional model, affecting over 2 million students. Wake County is among the districts choosing remote learning. It is clear that in-person school provides crucial benefits to children. Since early spring, the NCAE and the Wake County School Board had ample time to collaborate and to prepare for the Fall School Year. The current decision to go all virtual is sure to fail our children. Their decisions have not been focused on the best interests of our children.

The NCAE Knows What’s ‘Best’ For Our Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics state: “The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation.”

The NCAE believe that they, NOT parents, are the ones who know best how to meet our children’s educational needs.”

More evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures

Long-term social development. Will this generation grow up fearful of touching or standing too close? Will they know how to make friends or interact in group gatherings? And how will it affect their academics and job prospects?

Suicide and Drug Abuse. Center for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield stated that suicides and drug overdoses have surpassed the death rate for COVID-19 among high school students.

Domestic Abuse. Forbes has reported that the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Escalated Domestic Violence Worldwide.

While in-person school provides crucial benefits to children, it is time public health agencies and elected officials make recommendations based on evidence, not politics. Teachers Unions are turning their back on our kids.

A Case for Reopening Schools

Listen to Parents. Give them a choice to do what’s best for their child

Day Cares. If day cares remain open, why can’t we reopen public schools?

What can we learn from other school districts and private schools? Other School Districts in the country as well as North Carolina Private Schools like Thales Academy are going back to school.

What can we learn from other countries like Sweden? Sweden’s decision to keep schools open during the pandemic resulted in no higher rate of infection among its schoolchildren than in neighboring Finland.

Pupil to teacher transmission. According to a leading epidemiologist, there have been no known case of teacher catching coronavirus from pupils.

Children are less likely to suffer severe symptoms if they become infected. As of July 17, 2020, the United States reported that children and adolescents under 18 years old account for under 7 percent of COVID-19 cases and less than 0.1 percent of COVID-19-related deaths. So far in this pandemic, deaths of children are less than in each of the last five flu seasons, with only 64. CDC

The NCAE’s response to my email clearly shows their disregard to me as a parent. This condescending behavior needs to stop, and when I’m elected to the School Board, I will make sure parents have a voice. It’s time we get politics out of education. Parents know what’s best for their children–not the NCAE.