A teacher from Philadelphia shared his concerns on Twitter with online learning for students. Matthew R. Kay said he is concerned that educators will never “be quite sure who is overhearing the discourse.”
“What does this do for our equity/inclusion work,” he asked.
Kay said that students have depended on secure barriers of the physical classroom to encourage vulnerability and that teachers have installed a “what happens here, stays here” mentality.
Then he really takes a dig at what he deems as “helicopter/snowplow” parents.
“I am most intrigued by the damage that ‘helicopter/snowplow’ parents can do in honest conversations about gender/sexuality,” he wrote. “And while ‘conservative’ parents are my chief concern – I know that the damage can come from the left too.
“If we are engaged in the messy work of destabilizing a kids racism or homophobia or transphobia – how much do we want their classmates’ parents piling on?”