It’s back to school. At least for many elementary school students. And graduating classes are also allowed to appear again for face-to-face classes. The parents among t-online readers by no means all find this a good thing.
After a long break from classroom teaching, the schools in Germany are gradually reopening. Originally, the federal and state governments planned to be the beginning of March. But many federal states have now decided to start school earlier on February 22nd. Chancellor Angela Merkel initially criticized the planned opening of schools and daycare centers and described this as a bold step.
Many parents have been under constant stress since the beginning of the corona pandemic. For long periods, in addition to paid work and household chores, they also had to try to homeschool their children. Are you now relieved that you can finally go back to class, or is the concern for the health of your children and the entire family outweighed by the increasing number of contacts? We put this question to the parents among the readers of t-online. It turns out that the topic is very controversial among them.
The se are their answers:
t-online reader Anja Berkenheide: “To and fro is much worse for our son than now gritting teeth and persevering a little longer”
“Now everyone is somehow used to distance learning. It has become established. If there is now alternating classes for a certain period of time, then holidays again, then perhaps because of the mutations, distance learning again, it destroys both the children and their parents.
The influence on the social behavior of the children and the hoped-for relief for the parents are more than understandable. I can hardly wait to have regular school lessons for my son again, but not at any cost. I consider the constant changes to be much worse.
The n it’s better to hold out for another four to six weeks and introduce an extended Easter break. After that the school can start again: with clear structures, the advanced vaccination status and without the risk of causing a third lockdown. That would no longer be practicable for many parents, as all possibilities have now been more than exhausted, such as sick days for the children and sick leave from the parents. Not everyone can afford unpaid vacation. Should illnesses or accidents occur in such families later in the year, what then? Everything has already been sacrificed for the lockdown.
Our son has also had serious isolation problems since mid-December. No siblings, no contact, he’s been alone since then. But to and fro is much worse for him than clenching his teeth now and persevering a little longer, but then letting everything start slowly again. ”
t-online reader Jörg S .: “ The social aspects should play a decisive role in the further development of our children”
“Personally, I think the opening of schools is urgently needed, especially for first and second graders. My seven-year-old son is very insecure after he spent two and a half months in first grade, followed by emergency care and home schooling.
The se little people can’t do that in the long run. Although I am a risk patient myself, I see no alternative. A decisive advantage are the halved classes, which are relatively clear. A fever measurement before the start of classes and rapid tests could help to reduce the risk of infection to a minimum.
The social aspects should play a decisive role for the advancement of our children play! ”
t-online reader Debora Schereik: “I avoid any unnecessary contact and I would like that from my fellow human beings”
The problem is not just the contacts of several hundred schoolchildren from morning to afternoon, it is also about traveling by train and bus when I pick them up from the bus stop I could see for myself how full the bus is, keeping your distance is impossible!
I avoid any unnecessary contact and I would like that from my fellow human beings as well. My children shouldn’t be forced to expose themselves to the virus every day. Both do homeschooling and get along with it very well. Of course, I also understand the parents who are suffering from the current situation and would like to send their children back to school. Why aren’t there options to combine face-to-face teaching with homeschooling? And for class work, exams, etc. you can certainly find relaxed alternating models. ”
t-online reader Christina Netten: “We are a family of 6, both parents work and we somehow manage to do the balancing act”
“I am absolutely against the opening of schools and I cannot understand it in any way. Especially now when the risk of mutations cannot be assessed. We have been keeping our children at home for months and preaching at a distance. Instead of holding out for a few more weeks, we have to we take a much higher risk for a few hours of school. We are a family of 6, both parents work, and we somehow manage the balancing act and would be willing to continue doing it for at least a few more weeks.
“I have a twelve-year-old daughter who has been sitting at home for weeks now. She is a good student and I am mentally able to support her from my education. That should not be arrogance, but I think it is with I am a single parent and 87 percent employed and fortunately I have the opportunity to start work at 6 a.m. and go home at 1 p.m. to take care of my mother’s duties once also my heartfelt thanks to my employer and my boss for this flexibility.
I think it’s essential that the children go back to school in order to have a structured day again! For example, my daughter is now saying how cool it is not to have to wait for the bus anymore, to be able to get something to eat all the time, to stay in pajamas, etc. Not to mention the social contacts that fall by the wayside . In a word:
The children go to waste if this continues, and the full-time parents have no more energy at all to counter this demoralization of the children in the long term because they have reached the edge of their possibilities. I’m in a perfect situation and now I’m reaching my limits to keep my daughter happy when it comes to learning. “