"My odds of acquiring the virus (SARS-CoV-2) are exceedingly low if my students and colleagues adhere to these guidelines. And I will help them adhere when necessary with gentle reminders and friendly advocacy." Cool. You're dealing with young adults, some of whom still go streaking for public approval or chant "Pork: the other white meat!" in the middle of Old Campus. Some of us have even younger students (biologically) who are even less likely to adhere to guidelines and even more inclined to ignore "friendly advocacy" whatever that means.
And I'm sorry but he can totally fuck off with the "essential workers" paragraph [below the Barbie pic]. Nobody ever died from a slightly lesser knowledge of history or multiplication. As he even stated, I didn't sign up to become a frontline health care worker, and you should not want me in that role. (See: teacher Barbie https://twitter.com/SrtaLisa/status/1289205663273369601?s=19) I am not an "inspiring symbol" when barking for the 12th time to pull up your facemask, when I'm basically just running a Zoom session in 3D.
Sure, I agree the federal govt should provide more, but that clock has already run out. And sure, "if we get more support to manage or avoid the risks" that would be great too. But the OPPOSITE IS HAPPENING and somehow this guy has not noticed yet.
Is in-class teaching important for students? Is the quality of education enhanced in the classroom environment? Can teaching be an inspiring symbol of commitment and courage for students amidst this pandemic? Can in-class teaching normalize life for parents who must return to work (or look for work)? One can answer with a resounding “Yes!” to all of the above. Thinking about the situation this way helps motivate me – and hopefully can motivate other teachers as well — to return to the classroom with joy, pride, enthusiasm, and caution.