Walking Away

The NFL, NBA, MLB, and other professional sports leagues have done everything possible to resume their schedules in the midst of this pandemic. The results may look different, but they’re getting it done, somehow. There is simply too much at stake (mainly, money) for them to walk away. They’re willing to take reasonable risks for the privilege of playing games. All this for endeavors that (except for the jobs that depend on pro sports) are essentially non-essential.

Compare this with the profession of teaching, which, its advocates never tire of telling us, is absolutely essential to society. I agree. But the teachers’ unions, in contrast to the sports leagues, have decided not to come back to work and teach our children.

True, these unions thought briefly of allowing a hybrid form of education to go on (so big of them!), but they now say remote learning is good enough, even though most experts insist that our kids learn best in school. These educators say that the risk of infection is too great. Really? Studies have shown that children have little to fear from the virus and that child-to-adult transmission is rare. The CDC says children need to go back to school this fall, but suddenly this scientific perspective is irrelevant.

While the teachers’ unions sit back and wait for a vaccine, they expect parents to do all the flexing–and a lot of the teaching. They also expect, no doubt, to get their full salaries and budget-busting pensions.

Then there are our elected leaders, who never tire of giving us minutely detailed regulations about how we can go to church, where we can shop, what parks we can use, what states we can visit, and on and on. Many of these regulations are no doubt necessary if we are to have a functioning society.

So where are their regulations and guidelines about getting our children back in school? There are ways to do this with reasonable risks, if they are willing to try. So why do they sit back when educators refuse to educate and teachers refuse to teach? Suddenly they have nothing to say to us.

Apparently we’re non-essential.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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