Is teaching and learning behind masks going to be inherently better and more distraction-free than learning online? I would not bet money on that proposition.
Having lived now for 60 years, I see things much more clearly than ever before. Some of the things I see more plainly are unsettling and even disturbing.
I am not attempting to tell any believer how they should respond to the pandemic. Clearly, there are times we must stand our ground in faith, but in other times, wisdom might occasion a different response.
When the heater in a stifling building would not turn off, we were advised to “carry on like normal”. No power and streams of floodwaters running down dark halls? “Carry on like normal”.
There are many benefits to returning to in-person classes, but there are also great costs, most notably, the lives of our teachers, staff, and students.