Monday is the first day of school in Gotham’s public system. And it’s on track to be the third needlessly disrupted academic year for kids.
Parents, delighted that schools are reopening despite the best efforts of the teachers union, are largely quiescent about the absurd restrictions placed on kids. They whisper to each other about how it all makes little sense.
My daughter’s Manhattan middle school won’t be using lockers this year. My sons’ Brooklyn elementary school has let us know that water fountains will remain closed. No group projects, no field trips, no parties. Outdoor recess will be masked and distanced. Forget tag or sports.
We used to understand that it is important for kids to get exercise with friends. …