Today was to be the first day of classes for Seattle Public Schools — but the teachers are on strike (something of an annual ritual here on which we are not going to comment.) Many kids are happy — but we suspect many are equally disappointed. You can imagine how parents feel!
There’s something unsettling about schools being closed. After a major disaster — hurricane, earthquake, flood etc. — nothing says “getting back to normal” better than schools reopening. Several years ago, when Alene was a regular Twitter user, we followed a school teacher living in Damascus — at around the time civil war was starting to destroy Syria — and we marveled at how this woman was maintaining the usual routine of class prep and grading homework — and how kids were still showing up daily for class. When migrants finally get settled in Germany or Sweden, the first day of school for their children will probably be a momentous occasion.
Life has a way of organizing itself around school schedules — even for those of us who don’t have children of school age.
We hope this strike does not go on too long. It’s been a very disturbing summer around the world — and we could all use a sense of returning to normalcy — in some small way.