How many of the city’s 1.1 million K-12 students are actually receiving live instruction amid the lockdown? The city Department of Education can’t say. And don’t even think of asking how many are learning.
“We don’t have exact data on how many students are receiving it or for how long,” the DOE’s chief academic officer, Linda Chen, told the City Council on Wednesday.
So much for all the happy talk from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza. Just last week, de Blasio told reporters, “educators are getting in the swing of it, parents are getting in the swing of it, and kids are getting in the swing of it.”
In fact, live teaching has been a point of contention for many teachers — who avoid going on-camera so students can’t see their homes. Multiple parents have told The Post their children were getting no live instruction and some weren’t hearing directly from their teachers for weeks on end.
At the council meeting, teachers-union boss Mike Mulgrew called remote learning a “success” that many teachers have embraced despite reservations. But he has also told his union members they don’t have to do it even if administrators insist — and many have opted out.
And the DOE not only isn’t pushing the issue, it’s not requiring kids to “attend” classes to pass; grades are out the window. And it’s not keeping track of how many children are trying to learn, or how many teachers are trying to teach.
Many educators and students are working their hearts out right now — but that’s all to their credit, because the system plainly doesn’t give a whit.
A DOE spokesperson tells us live teaching has “value” and that the department is facilitating it “when possible.” Gobbledegook.
The next time Carranza, Mulgrew or de Blasio claims righteously that it’s “all about the children,” go ahead and vomit.
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