Mom and Dad Are Fighting

The Teacher Roundtable Edition

A candid discussion with four teachers about how they’re really feeling about the 2020 school year.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Dan is joined by four of Slate’s Ask a Teacher columnists to candidly discuss back to school plans. Brandon Hersey, Cassy Sarnell, Matthew Dicks, and Amy Scott outline their district’s plans and debate if current guidance, or lack of guidance, is enough to keep students and staff safe. If the school opts for a version of in-person classes, can teachers keep everyone safe? What will happen if, or when, a student or teacher gets sick? Will online education be effective, especially for students whose parents are working or don’t have the proper resources to attend online classes?

In Slate Plus: Triumphs and Fails from Dan and Amy Scott. Sign up for Slate Plus.


Dan recommends a classic southern dessert: Banana Pudding.

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Thank you to Brandon Hersey, Cassy Sarnell, Matthew Dicks, and Amy Scott for their insight.

Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.


About the Show

Jamilah Lemieux, Elizabeth Newcamp, and Zak Rosen share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

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