In a moment of unbelievable stupidity, Christina Superintendent Dan Shelton actually suggested that the teachers airing their beefs with the idiotic decisions he has made on behalf of their district is comparable to social media groups that led to the attacks on the United States Capitol last week.
While he did not directly say the word teachers, the implication was definitely there. He said that given the events of last week that we should see that large groups can choose facts that legitimize their own agenda and no matter how big they are they aren’t right.
I have no doubt Shelton is very upset that teachers would dare to speak against his own Trumpian power in the Christina School District. This kind of thing never happened when he ran the Capital School District for five years so this would have to be a tremendous blow to his already overinflated ego.
To even compare the teachers in his own district to actual domestic terrorists shows a level of arrogance that is unheard of during this entire pandemic. Dan, there is a thing called free speech. And if he even dares to fire one teacher for using their voice against his insane decisions he will be haunted by that decision as the district crumbles around him.
Dan has chosen to make it more important that he is buddies with Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting than bringing his own district together for the safety of students and staff.
I have no doubt transcripts will be coming out the second the audio of this board meeting is posted on the Christina website.
The Christina School District Board of Education President Keeley Powell opted to have their board meet remote tonight because she was afraid the teacher press conference outside during their meeting would “disrupt” the board meeting. Teachers are sick of being told that everything is okay when it isn’t. Tonight, teachers in Christina have had enough and are speaking out. But the Christina board wants to run and hide behind their screen instead of facing the music they wrote themselves.
Keeley, you want to know what is “disruptive”? A friggin’ pandemic. So is not being able to hug a five-year old who is crying. So is having to move an entire class because someone catches Covid and is asymptomatic. I find it very ironic that this board will give carte blanche to the Superintendent to make decisions about the district who sends teachers and students fully into harms way. But when it comes time to walk the same walk they cower behind Keeley Powell and meet remotely for a public meeting. What are you afraid of? That the teachers are right? That attending school with hybrid instruction is nothing short of dangerous and could cost lives?
We are at a crossroads in Delaware and Christina isn’t the only district facing these issues. We are all putting the lives of Delawareans into the line of fire with idiotic decisions by Governor Carney, the Delaware Department of Education, and Superintendents such as Dan Shelton. We KNOW Covid can spread through students. We know if teachers get Covid the already existing teacher shortage will become it’s own pandemic. Who teaches if all the teachers are sick? Who comforts a student who inadvertently spreads Covid to a loved one and they die?
We need to stop listening to adults who use haste over science and listen to those on the front lines: our teachers. They know more than you do. This has always been the problem in Delaware education. LISTEN TO THE TEACHERS. STOP LISTENING TO THOSE WHO AREN’T AT RISK AND HIDE BEHIND AN ADMINISTRATIVE DESK.