1/ I am proud to be an educator.

I don’t claim to be a doctor. There is a lot I don’t know.

But I spend my days with our youth and they tell me everything. I have the “on the ground” experience that you won’t find in a textbook.
I painfully know the burden they are carrying🧵
2/ I’m sick of the push by many credible people to minimize their pain.

I want to share what I am seeing and hearing:

Our children believe that they are responsible for the outcome of this pandemic. They have internalized the shame and blame that was selfishly placed on them
3/ They believe that if they remove their mask, they will be responsible for the death of another.

They want to be told that they can take it off and that it is not harmful to do so. They want and deserve answers. Someone tell them that they are not responsible for this tragedy.
4/ The unvaccinated feel shame when others talk about their status. They look down and shrink in their seat. They watch me to see how I react. I remind them that the conversation isn’t appropriate. I stress that I don’t care. All are welcome in my class, as they should be always.
5/ Many are angry. Those who did get vaccinated see very clearly that it amounted to nothing. They see that promises were made on behalf of their government, public health, and their parents that never came to fruition. A deep level of trust has been shattered. It destroyed them.
6/ They are lost. Kids identity is made up of their social interactions. When all sports, clubs + friendships have been severed, they wander aimlessly looking for something to hold on to. Often they stumble into drugs, alcohol, or fall into a deep depression with no way out.
7/ The level of hopelessness in our youth has reached its peak. They have verbalized that nobody is “coming to save them” but they know they can’t do this anymore.

They have told me that they know I “can’t fix this” but that someone has to. Soon. Before they give up.
8/ After hearing them say I can’t fix this, I responded like every teacher should:

Watch me….

I am their voice. Because they are voiceless.

We have taught our children that they don’t matter. When “experts” trivialize their pain, imagine what they are internalizing…
9/ But I’m an “expert” too. I’m an expert in connecting with our youth and hearing their cries.

They need normalcy. Immediately.

History will not be kind to those who minimized their suffering and ignored their needs. I can go to bed at night knowing I tried for them. Can you?
10/ They need all the pomp and circumstance that comes with being a kid. They need high energy living and learning. No restrictions. No mandates. No darkness. Our children need life on the highest volume. They need it now.

This is not their burden. They are broken. Fix this 🆘

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29 Dec 21
1/ As an educator, I have been following the impact that the pandemic response has had on our children very closely. I cannot comprehend why school closures and increased restrictions are still on the table. This myopic focus should have ended in 2020 🧵
2/ Among children, the mortality risk from COVID is actually lower than the flu. The same can be said for the risk of severe disease or hospitalization. So who are we protecting? Or are we using our children as a means to an end? What is the end goal?

nymag.com/intelligencer/…
3/ We have asked children to live in a world of ongoing fear. They exist within an unstable environments every single day. Why are so many parents, teachers, and doctors afraid to speak up and say this is slowly killing our children?

tabletmag.com/sections/news/…
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