Help for our stressed education system.
Help for our stressed education system.
As the world should know by now, schools reopening has been much more of a hindrance than a help, both in the eyes of our youth, and through the eyes of our teachers. Not only have COVID-19 cases been rising around Pennsylvania, but ever since our districts have opened their gates, something MUCH worse has been brewing. Yes, something worse than COVID-19, or the flu, or the common cold, has been marinating in the minds of the future generations for decades.
Anxiety. Depression. Stress.
These three things, combined or not, present a much greater threat in terms of emotional and mental well-being than COVID-19. Wouldn't it make sense for us to be more cautious towards these things, especially during an urgent state of international lockdown? Besides, not all kids have rational parents; the only reason some kids are doing face-to-face at the moment is because of parents forcing them to "socialize." Not all kids have a choice in the matter. Not all of them choose to be stressed by not doing their work (despite what many teachers and educators may believe). Not every household behaves the same way. These are the reasons why I believe that we should take action, and fight for the well-being of not only our youth, but our teachers, and even our principles and staff. We should keep schools on lockdown, and let everyone recuperate until a more thoughtful, more funded, and overall more trustworthy plan can take place.
If you refuse to believe that online school is as stressful as it seems, please take it from these people on Twitter, https://twitter.com/hahalardhaha/status/1300997925141536769 ||| https://twitter.com/shaw_sandy/status/1301260775919624197?s=20 ||| https://twitter.com/lostloserposts/status/1300801072596803584 ||| and this article (you can find more pleading, stressed students on the #AdademicFreeze hashtag on Twitter. It's truly heartbreaking to see people come to hate the education system more and more with each passing day.): https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1236964?__twitter_impression=true |||
Even if you do not have depression, anxiety, or overall stress, people of all ages with health problems (diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, present use of immune-system-weakening medicines, etc.) are at great risk, and do not feel safe when attending schools anymore. Especially since the side effects from intense stress include high blood pressure, weakened immune system, high blood sugar, insomnia, heartburn, and more. All of which make you more vunerable to COVID-19, and therefore do not help prevent it nearly as much as one would think.
No one should feel that they are putting their life in danger when attending something as routine as school. Although education is important, it isn't, and very well shouldn't be worth risking hundreds lives.
Of course, there are alternatives to canceling the school year for people who don't wish to redo it;
- Have all classes mostly outside (with the exception of bad weather, of course). Not only has it been proven time and time again that constant fresh air is good for the brain, but it will allow students and teachers to breathe normally, as long as they distanced themselves from others.
- Allow cameras to be shut off during zoom classes. While a camera is a good way to show someone is present during class, it is obviously not the only way to prove attendence. Many people get very anxious about showing their face in camera. Therefore, they shouldn't be forced to show their face on camera. If they feel it infringes on their safety, then it shouldn't be forced under any circumstance. Besides, not every household has a well-lit room where any and all distractions are purged, because once again, not every household is the same.
- Excuse the year for students, teachers and staff. It's not every day that a plague breaks out worldwide, and so, there's no use for holding us back due to something we have no control over. Therefore, I think l it would be better to just let everyone pass this year, and only worry about catching up when a more trustworthy plan has been brought to the table. After all, there's no point in further education if our objectives have been dumbed down to a "good enough" passing grade.
If you agree with any of the statements above, then PLEASE consider signing this petition to cancel school until better solutions are put to the table. Together, we can ease the suffering of thousands, and even save the lives of thousands.