School year begins, but not like it used to

Opinion: Kosey Corner

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By Joanne Kosey


Normally, and who knows what is normal these days, I would write a column at this time of year about going back to school, buying supplies, colors of crayons and so forth.  But this year it is oh so different.

The new Crayola color doesn't matter, it's where you will be going to school. For many, school may be at the dining room table or a nook turned into a makeshift classroom. 

Yes, some students will actually be in a school classroom, which has been reconfigured to accommodate social distancing. Where No. 2 pencils, loose-leaf paper and folders were the primary accessories for a student, we now look to the computer. 

Back in the day, when I when I was in grade school, I can't even imagine how it would have worked. Here I was at St. Mary's School in a classroom with 36 students. Keep a distance? We were right next to us each other. I do think the good sisters may have liked the idea of the masks, however, because it would have kept the talking down.

Getting back to the computers, laptops and chrome books, they would have at least fit in the school bags that we carried, since they resembled a brief case. There were no text books in the school bags because we didn't take them home. Those stayed at school, and we only took the workbooks home. Those text books were intended to last a long time.

Teachers, who would have been readying their classrooms, decorating the bulletin boards and making the room welcoming at this time, are now called on to adapt to the situation and prepare for remote learning. How is it all going to work? Only time will tell. I think the good sisters would have prayed a lot if this had happened when I went to school.

This came to mind the other day while I was mulling over the school situation. I remember a course called civics. Seems it was taught around seventh grade. It was very interesting and taught us about government.

I somehow think it might be good to bring civics back to give us a refresher on government and teach today's students what government is and how it's supposed to work.

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Toni Parker  

Posted: September 10th, 2020 9:29 AM

Citizen Advocacy Center, a public interest not for profit located in Elmhurst, has a series of civics related lesson plans intended for elementary and high school students, available on line via the following link: Question can be directed to Maryam at 630-833-4080.

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