Wartime mentality

Some folks are comparing our battle against Covid-19 to a war. Our doctors, nurses and other health care workers are on the front lines, but teachers are not far behind them. It’s impressive to see the creativity and hard work of educators all across Texas as we find new ways to serve the students.

Teachers are no strangers to war. They have been fighting the War on Poverty since before LBJ formally declared it in 1964.  They fight it still, even though most of the country surrendered long ago.  It reminds me of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who did not get the memo about the Japanese surrender in 1945. Mr. Onoda surrendered in 1974. 

The War on Poverty will probably never be won completely, but teachers score victories every day as they impart to students the knowledge and skills that empower those students to lead productive, fruitful lives.  Now the battle is fought with Google Classroom, Zoom and other tech solutions. But it’s the same battle, one day at a time, one child at a time.


Tomorrow:  The problem with voice to text.