Dave Grohl, the lead singer of the multi-Grammy Award-winning band Foo Fighters, has penned an essay in The Atlantic defending schoolteachers and making the case for schools to remain closed as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country. Grohl’s mother, Virginia Grohl, was a public school teacher, a single mother who always stressed the importance of education to her two kids.
Grohl, who has three school-age daughters ages 14, 11, and almost 6, has also read the essay, which you can listen to on YouTube. “Dave Grohl” is currently trending on Twitter, as users praise the essay, often surprised by his eloquence. Others have known for years that Grohl can write more than just hit songs.
Many have been advocating for our schools to remain closed for the sake of the kids’ safety, but Grohl has taken up the side of the teachers and other adult workers who are also at risk if the schools are reopened.
“Every teacher has a ‘plan’,” Grohl writes. “Don’t they deserve one too? America’s teachers are caught in a trap, set by indecisive and conflicting sectors of failed leadership that have never been in their position and can’t possibly relate to the unique challenges they face. I wouldn’t trust the U.S. secretary of percussion to tell me how to play “Smells Like Teen Spirit” if they had never sat behind a drum set, so why should any teacher trust Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to tell them how to teach, without her ever having sat at the head of a class? (Maybe she should switch to the drums.) Until you have spent countless days in a classroom devoting your time and energy to becoming that lifelong mentor to generations of otherwise disengaged students, you must listen to those who have. Teachers want to teach, not die, and we should support and protect them like the national treasures that they are. For without them, where would we be?”