Watertown Schools are now offering in-person child care for remote learning, for a fee. I thought the purpose of remote learning was to keep people at home to control the pandemic?
I am on board with that. And this service is surely a valuable one for families that need it. But I find the fact that they are offering it for a fee a little outrageous. In normal times, children go to school where they receive both valuable education and necessary child care. Now, we are doing hybrid education to control the pandemic. But this feels like a bit of a bait and switch — like they are taking away in-person education only to try and sell it back to us.
Which is it? Is staying home necessary to control the pandemic, or isn’t it? It used to be that taxpayer funded education was in-person. Now it’s partly remote, for good reasons, but then why does it come with paid in-person DLC (downloadable content — like extras in a cellphone video game)?
If the issue is limited space, then that space should be allocated based on need, not randomly or based on ability to pay.