1 hr 16 min

Ep. 22: Back to School With No Nurses, Ventilation, or Wi-Fi, ft. Annie Tan Plum Radio

    • Society & Culture

“Remote learning is very hard. Nobody wants to do it. Every single kid in the world is losing out on an education.”

Annie Tan, a New York City public school teacher, joins us again on Plum Radio to talk about how teachers and communities are organizing and fighting back against the city’s unsafe plans to reopen schools.

New York City, home to the country’s largest public school system with more than ONE MILLION students, has already delayed schools reopening twice, leaving families, educators, and students stuck in limbo. Many NYC schools have neither proper ventilation nor bathrooms for COVID-19 safety precautions, let alone the technology needed to teach remote classrooms. As Annie tells us, at her school in the immigrant neighborhood of Sunset Park, they don’t even have a dedicated nurse, a role that they’ve been requesting long before COVID-19.

Will it be safe to re-open schools in the U.S. epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis? Who is pushing the narrative that low income students of color need to attend school in-person the most? And where will schools find the funding to fix school infrastructure, provide remote learning devices, offer child care services to educators who have to return to work, and find enough employees to staff both remote and in-person classes?

For more Annie, tune in to Plum Radio Ep. 3, where she shares the memory of her late cousin, Vincent Chin.

Dolly and Joey also discuss why blindly celebrating the ban on WeChat is actually racist and the new expose about forced hysterectomies in ICE detention centers.

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We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and believe in independent media.

“Remote learning is very hard. Nobody wants to do it. Every single kid in the world is losing out on an education.”

Annie Tan, a New York City public school teacher, joins us again on Plum Radio to talk about how teachers and communities are organizing and fighting back against the city’s unsafe plans to reopen schools.

New York City, home to the country’s largest public school system with more than ONE MILLION students, has already delayed schools reopening twice, leaving families, educators, and students stuck in limbo. Many NYC schools have neither proper ventilation nor bathrooms for COVID-19 safety precautions, let alone the technology needed to teach remote classrooms. As Annie tells us, at her school in the immigrant neighborhood of Sunset Park, they don’t even have a dedicated nurse, a role that they’ve been requesting long before COVID-19.

Will it be safe to re-open schools in the U.S. epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis? Who is pushing the narrative that low income students of color need to attend school in-person the most? And where will schools find the funding to fix school infrastructure, provide remote learning devices, offer child care services to educators who have to return to work, and find enough employees to staff both remote and in-person classes?

For more Annie, tune in to Plum Radio Ep. 3, where she shares the memory of her late cousin, Vincent Chin.

Dolly and Joey also discuss why blindly celebrating the ban on WeChat is actually racist and the new expose about forced hysterectomies in ICE detention centers.

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We pride ourselves on being independent media at Plum Radio. Follow us on IG (@listentoplumradio), and support us on Patreon (patreon.com/plumradio) if you’re here for the culture and believe in independent media.

1 hr 16 min

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