So Let's Have It — Are You Team Elephant Or Team Hummingbird?

I have a crazy fascination for parables. Life lessons served up in short stories seem to stick to my mental bones. What this woman is saying feels like a lost art form, and I must say, that’s kind of a shame.

Right now, the U.S. is engaged in deep debates about how to handle school re-openings in the fall in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a question with no good answers, unfortunately. But the question itself is shining a spotlight on the various functions schools serve and what we've come to expect out of teachers and schools beyond just teaching kids—expectations that, when you see them all written out, actually seem quite absurd.

An award-winning teacher from Iowa, Allison Hoeman, has beautifully explained how society has dumped most of its failings onto the shoulders of schools and teachers, and now expects them to offer themselves up as tribute during a literal pandemic.

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