Cheap Melodrama

It’s funny how there was never this kind of melodrama about grocery store workers, even though grocery workers are clearly in more danger than teachers.

It’s also quite stunning how dumb teachers are. Moving online makes their jobs very easy to outsource. If they can’t babysit, then they aren’t really needed. And they don’t seem to get it.

11 thoughts on “Cheap Melodrama”

  1. k-12, at least: Automate whatever testing isn’t already, outsource grading essays – and you need 1 teacher per subject per state. Record him delivering the class once, and you don’t even need him every year.


    1. “At least 41” How many millions of grocery store workers are there in the US? How many died of the flu last year? How many died driving to work? And did they die ‘from’ or ‘with’ COVID? The functionally innumerate – 99%+ of everybody, unfortunately – can’t grasp proportion.

      Unfortunately, if millions of teacher do go back to work, and we continue to count deaths ‘with’ as deaths ‘from’ – which the CDC guidelines clearly do – and, as the CDC estimates, there are up to 70 million infected Americans out there, then there will be COVID deaths among teachers, maybe even 42 or 100! – out of 4 million teachers. Yet, we will hear about every single one of them, wall to wall.

      This insanity is out of control.


  2. I would be very careful about the “teachers are glorified babysitters” argument.

    I can feel you protesting about your mounds of research and your whole Ph.D.

    But if you recall traditional undergraduates, and the way certain liabilities and…mentalities have been trending, and helicopter parenting, you’re going to end up performing in loco parentis duties to justify your health benefits, (yes we know you’re on your husband’s, but that barely matters for public policy reasons), salary, and pension and your tenure. It’s going to make old school in loco parentis look refreshingly hands-off. How much research is location dependent? And really, in an extremely depressed job market like academia, how many actual professors doing research does your job market need? It’ll be Pearson and canned lectures all the way down.

    Just imagine holding back some drunk undergraduate’s hair while they throw up down the side of the new dorm building during your shift of wellness checks and then rushing to fulfill the new state requirement of online social worker classes for all state professors. Because they won’t hire more social workers and won’t leave it to the RAs.

    And I’ve just horrified myself. Shit. :-p :-p ๐Ÿ˜›


    1. You are saying this like I disagree. There are tons of people at my school who have chosen to teach asynchronously in the Fall. This means they upload their pre-canned materials to the university-owned platform and that’s it. That’s the teaching. I’ve made myself hoarse telling everybody this is a huge mistake because we are making ourselves redundant.

      But it’s a vicious circle. If schools don’t open, parents don’t have a choice but to teach asynchronously. That’s how I taught in the spring. I hate it but there’s no other option.

      The only thing that gets women into the workplace is free secondary schooling. I have a friend who isn’t in academia. She cried every day because she had to work from home while taking care of two small children. It was horrible. And nobody is talking about what this means for women. We have invested years into getting an education, building our careers and now all of a sudden it all goes to hell. And it’s not even being discussed. It’s maddening.


      1. Maybe we’re melodramatic, but husband and I have been working with an attorney on a will, powers of attorney (health and financial), and a trust that is to be created if we both die in short succession. We have no family on the continent, and we want to make sure the kids are properly taken care of and hopefully not separated. We’re both teaching in person in the fall and the kids are going back to school that will be in person at least some days. I don’t think I am a particularly hysterical person, but COVID is no joke, and we are not spring chickens anymore. If one family member gets sick, we will likely all get sick, and then it could be nothing, or it could be really bad.


        1. We have wills, too. It’s intelligent and prudent to have a will. What I find bizarre is connecting the will to the reopening of schools. School openings can’t be more terrifying than other things.

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  3. OT: I’ve started watching the Ukrainian thriller mini-series Hide and seek (ะŸั€ัั‚ะบะธ). I’m not entirely sure what to make of it yet but it makes a very convincing case so far (after 3 episodes) that Ukraine is not a fun place for children… or women…. or men…. or much of anyone.
    It’s filmed in a place called Enerhodar and I went on google map street view just to see if it looks as alienating and desolate as in the movie. But streetview is from a summer month with the sun shining and so it just looks like a standard beat up Eastern European town….


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