Despite my repeated and public protests (see here, for example), I am scheduled to teach five in person sections (with up to 200 students per section) in the same small crowded classroom! To make matters worse, three of those sections meet back to back to back every other Tuesday from 4:30 pm to 8:50 pm, while the remaining two sections also meet back to back every other Thursday, from 4:30 pm to 7:20 pm, putting me and my students in harm’s way for another three hours. I have repeatedly requested a “reasonable accommodation” to space out my classes or move them outdoors, but to no avail. Alas, not only is my university insisting on holding such large-scale super-spreader gatherings; professors like me who refuse on public health grounds to convene them will themselves be subject to disciplinary proceedings. Worse yet, many of my colleagues have decided to stick their heads in the sand by remaining silent. I suppose this situation will change once enough students and faculty become sick or hospitalized; in the meantime, the only conclusion I can reach is that university administrators don’t give two bits about my health or that of my students.
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Oh wow, I do hope you stay healthy. My best to you.
Thanks! Will do my best under the circumstances …
“The only conclusion I can reach is that university administrators don’t give two bits about my health or that of my students.” Is there a student newspaper in which you can share/advance such thoughts without jeopardizing your career?
Thanks for reading my stuff!!
Sidebar note: Your cigar example seems to fit the current conventional wisdom in public health commentary. For a while now tobacco has been viewed as the “boogeyman”.
Many people would rather be exposed to COVID than short durations of tobacco smoke, which is insane. Tobacco has become the low-hanging fruit in our society. Before there was cancel culture, smokers were the ones being ostracized. The irony being folks who ate poor diets, etc feel justified in harassing smokers. Yet, ignoring the fact they engage in their unhealthy habits. Tobacco smoke can be hazardous, however, at least we understand how it affects the body. COVID on the other hand giant question mark.
Exactly right! To me, seat-belt laws and smoking bans mark the beginning of the end of our liberties…
You can’t save people from themselves.