Ken Buck lives in Indian Land, SC and is a member of the Lancaster County school board.
Here is his tribute to teachers posted on Facebook:
“We gave educators almost no notice. We asked them to completely redesign what school looks like and in about 24 hours local administrators and teachers “Apollo 13’ed” the problem and fixed it. Kids learning, children being fed, needs being met in the midst of a global crisis.
No state agency did this, no so-called national experts on curriculum. The local educators fixed it in hours. HOURS.
In fact, existing state and federal policies actually created multiple roadblocks. Local schools figured out how to do it around those too. No complaining and no handwringing – just solutions and amazingly clever plans.
Remember that the next time someone tries to convince you that schools are better run by mandates from non-educators. Remember that the next time someone tells you that teachers have it easy or try to persuade you that educators are not among the smartest, most ingenious people in society. And please never say to me again, “Those who can’t do anything else just go into teaching.”
Get out of the way of a teacher and watch with amazement at what really happens.”
For years I have said over and over that the only “experts” in education are teachers and principals. The very people who are usually ignored when a lawmaker comes up with another bill dealing with education policy.
Let us hope and pray that when we emerge from the other side of this crisis, we will keep this in mind.