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想要學校順利復課?美國不妨把這個任務外包給亞馬遜

想要學校順利復課?美國不妨把這個任務外包給亞馬遜

Joe Mathews 2021年02月24日
亞馬遜是唯一一家能夠讓加州學校復課的實體,因為它具備 “相應的規模和令人生畏的鐵石心腸”。

2月15日,洛杉磯“馬上復課”汽車集會上的抗議者。圖片來源:FREDERIC J. BROWN—AFP/Getty Images

與美國其他地區的民眾一樣,許多加州人認為學校應該馬上復課。但沒有人有膽量要求所有學校和所有年級復課,并讓所有學生返校。

這也是為什么我們對學校復課的討論會徹底偏離主題。成年人討論的問題是我們可以在什么時間或者在什么條件下復課。但我們還面臨一個問題:面對新冠疫情帶來的恐懼和政治上的壓力,誰能夠真正為所有加州的孩子們打開學校的大門?

肯定不會是聯邦政府,因為拜登總統實際上已經放棄了在100天內讓所有學校復課的承諾。

也不會是州政府。加州紐森政府愿意發布學校復課的框架和計劃,但如果你認為州長會執行學校復課這樣的大動作,就不妨想想還沒有到手的失業補助金。

更不會是地方政府。加州各縣因為疫情時期的公共衛生義務而忙得不可開交。各城市正在批評和起訴校區,但他們無法依據法律強制學校復課。我們的校區有權決定復課,有些校區已經有限恢復了小學,但他們大部分都陷入其他政府不斷變化的指導方針、工會的反對和家長的分歧當中,無法做出決定。

當然,作為加州最強大的政治力量,教師工會可以強制學校復課。但工會成員能夠居家辦公,因此這些勞工組織會繼續推遲復課時間,直到銀河系的所有生物都接種了疫苗或者世界末日降臨,無論哪一種情況首先發生。

所以,讓我們面對現實吧。加州要想全面恢復公共教育,加州民眾必須將這項任務外包。

只有一家實體具備讓加州學校復課的規模和可怕的鐵石心腸,它就是亞馬遜(Amazon)。

這并不是溫和的建議。將學校復課的任務外包給亞馬遜,實際上符合加州在疫情時期的策略:把難題留給其他人。加州民選的政府領導人雖然公布了口罩和社交距離規則,卻拒絕執行,而是把遵守這些規則的決定權交給了商店員工和普通市民。州政府和各縣的官員都在贊揚疫苗接種,卻把接種工作外包給了加州藍盾(Blue Shield of California),盡管它只是一家保險公司,而不是醫療提供商。

同理,雖然亞馬遜并不是一家教育機構,但它的配送網絡可以快速將必要的防護材料送往學校。(亞馬遜甚至能夠把否定科學的老師運送到疫苗接種中心然后再送回教室。)亞馬遜還有較高的運行效率,所以學校的復課合同不會超出預算。

但加州需要亞馬遜解決學校復課難題的真正原因是,它具有可怕的鐵石心腸,為了履行承諾它愿意無視批評和規則。

沒有任何人可以阻擋它前進。亞馬遜有政界的支持,這一點從其利用捐款和通過游說成功獲得政府補貼的經驗中可見一斑,所以它不需要擔心有政客對其運作學校復課的過程提出質疑。

亞馬遜以打壓小型競爭對手著稱,所以由它來關閉那些無視法律規定的零售商、餐廳和因為不遵守新冠疫情防控規定造成社區傳播進而威脅學校復課的其他實體,或許是我們最好的選擇。

而且亞馬遜有與美國各地的員工工會組織對抗的成功經驗,或許它能夠讓加州的教師和教師工會做好自己的本職工作。

由于亞馬遜早已習慣了不被人喜歡,所以它或許可以成為替罪羊,承受加州民眾對學校復課的擔憂和憤怒。截至2月18日,亞馬遜的市值高達1.67萬億美元。州政府和地方校區能夠停止因為學校遲遲無法復課而相互指責,家長和老師也不必在Zoom視頻會議中互相攻擊,我們只需要一致譴責亞馬遜就夠了。

我懷疑,如果亞馬遜收到邀請,它真的會站出來承擔這項任務。亞馬遜最近曾經致信拜登總統,主動提出在當前的緊急狀態下“利用我們的業務、信息技術和通信能力與專業經驗”??紤]到亞馬遜的口碑有所下滑,包括其對待倉庫工作人員的問題,因此亞馬遜或許會抓住這樣的機會改善公司的名聲。

雖然不會有學校負責人愿意公開承認,但他們肯定很高興看到亞馬遜承擔起推動學校復課的責任。亞馬遜的參與或許是拯救支離破碎的加州教育系統的唯一辦法。在疫情期間,學校入學人數大幅減少,創下了歷史紀錄,而且許多有學齡兒童的家庭都搬離了加州。就連公立學校的堅定支持者如今也在談論私立學?;蚪逃?。

換言之,與面臨擇校問題的家長一樣,加州也需要做出選擇:是現在將學校復課任務外包,還是眼看著學校崩潰,家長將孩子們送到其他地方接受教育。(財富中文網)

本文作者喬·馬修斯是Zócalo Public Square公司“連通加州”(Connecting California)專欄的撰稿人。本文最初發表于該專欄。

翻譯:劉進龍

審校:汪皓

與美國其他地區的民眾一樣,許多加州人認為學校應該馬上復課。但沒有人有膽量要求所有學校和所有年級復課,并讓所有學生返校。

這也是為什么我們對學校復課的討論會徹底偏離主題。成年人討論的問題是我們可以在什么時間或者在什么條件下復課。但我們還面臨一個問題:面對新冠疫情帶來的恐懼和政治上的壓力,誰能夠真正為所有加州的孩子們打開學校的大門?

肯定不會是聯邦政府,因為拜登總統實際上已經放棄了在100天內讓所有學校復課的承諾。

也不會是州政府。加州紐森政府愿意發布學校復課的框架和計劃,但如果你認為州長會執行學校復課這樣的大動作,就不妨想想還沒有到手的失業補助金。

更不會是地方政府。加州各縣因為疫情時期的公共衛生義務而忙得不可開交。各城市正在批評和起訴校區,但他們無法依據法律強制學校復課。我們的校區有權決定復課,有些校區已經有限恢復了小學,但他們大部分都陷入其他政府不斷變化的指導方針、工會的反對和家長的分歧當中,無法做出決定。

當然,作為加州最強大的政治力量,教師工會可以強制學校復課。但工會成員能夠居家辦公,因此這些勞工組織會繼續推遲復課時間,直到銀河系的所有生物都接種了疫苗或者世界末日降臨,無論哪一種情況首先發生。

所以,讓我們面對現實吧。加州要想全面恢復公共教育,加州民眾必須將這項任務外包。

只有一家實體具備讓加州學校復課的規模和可怕的鐵石心腸,它就是亞馬遜(Amazon)。

這并不是溫和的建議。將學校復課的任務外包給亞馬遜,實際上符合加州在疫情時期的策略:把難題留給其他人。加州民選的政府領導人雖然公布了口罩和社交距離規則,卻拒絕執行,而是把遵守這些規則的決定權交給了商店員工和普通市民。州政府和各縣的官員都在贊揚疫苗接種,卻把接種工作外包給了加州藍盾(Blue Shield of California),盡管它只是一家保險公司,而不是醫療提供商。

同理,雖然亞馬遜并不是一家教育機構,但它的配送網絡可以快速將必要的防護材料送往學校。(亞馬遜甚至能夠把否定科學的老師運送到疫苗接種中心然后再送回教室。)亞馬遜還有較高的運行效率,所以學校的復課合同不會超出預算。

但加州需要亞馬遜解決學校復課難題的真正原因是,它具有可怕的鐵石心腸,為了履行承諾它愿意無視批評和規則。

沒有任何人可以阻擋它前進。亞馬遜有政界的支持,這一點從其利用捐款和通過游說成功獲得政府補貼的經驗中可見一斑,所以它不需要擔心有政客對其運作學校復課的過程提出質疑。

亞馬遜以打壓小型競爭對手著稱,所以由它來關閉那些無視法律規定的零售商、餐廳和因為不遵守新冠疫情防控規定造成社區傳播進而威脅學校復課的其他實體,或許是我們最好的選擇。

而且亞馬遜有與美國各地的員工工會組織對抗的成功經驗,或許它能夠讓加州的教師和教師工會做好自己的本職工作。

由于亞馬遜早已習慣了不被人喜歡,所以它或許可以成為替罪羊,承受加州民眾對學校復課的擔憂和憤怒。截至2月18日,亞馬遜的市值高達1.67萬億美元。州政府和地方校區能夠停止因為學校遲遲無法復課而相互指責,家長和老師也不必在Zoom視頻會議中互相攻擊,我們只需要一致譴責亞馬遜就夠了。

我懷疑,如果亞馬遜收到邀請,它真的會站出來承擔這項任務。亞馬遜最近曾經致信拜登總統,主動提出在當前的緊急狀態下“利用我們的業務、信息技術和通信能力與專業經驗”??紤]到亞馬遜的口碑有所下滑,包括其對待倉庫工作人員的問題,因此亞馬遜或許會抓住這樣的機會改善公司的名聲。

雖然不會有學校負責人愿意公開承認,但他們肯定很高興看到亞馬遜承擔起推動學校復課的責任。亞馬遜的參與或許是拯救支離破碎的加州教育系統的唯一辦法。在疫情期間,學校入學人數大幅減少,創下了歷史紀錄,而且許多有學齡兒童的家庭都搬離了加州。就連公立學校的堅定支持者如今也在談論私立學?;蚪逃?。

換言之,與面臨擇校問題的家長一樣,加州也需要做出選擇:是現在將學校復課任務外包,還是眼看著學校崩潰,家長將孩子們送到其他地方接受教育。(財富中文網)

本文作者喬·馬修斯是Zócalo Public Square公司“連通加州”(Connecting California)專欄的撰稿人。本文最初發表于該專欄。

翻譯:劉進龍

審校:汪皓

Like people across the country, many Californians say schools need to reopen now. But no one has had the guts to open all schools, and all grades, and send all kids back to class.

That’s why our entire conversation about school reopening is beside the point. So-called grownups talk about when, or under what conditions, we might reopen. But we haven’t answered the question of who—amid all the fear and politics—will actual pry open the schoolhouse door for every California child.

It won’t be the federal government; President Biden has effectively abandoned his pledge to reopen all schools in 100 days.

It won’t be state government. The Newsom administration loves to release frameworks and plans for reopening, but if you think the governor will execute a major operation like school reopening, then there’s an unemployment check in the mail for you.

It won’t be local governments. Our counties are consumed by their pandemic-era public health obligations. Our cities are criticizing and suing school districts, but they can’t legally force classes back into session. Our school districts do have the power to reopen, and some have managed limited restarts of elementary schools, but mostly they’re caught between ever-shifting guidance from other governments, union opposition, and divisions among parents.

Of course, teachers’ unions, our state’s most powerful political force, could force a reopening. But with their members able to work at home, these labor groups will keep pushing back the timelines for return—until all living beings in the Milky Way galaxy have been vaccinated, or the Rapture, whichever comes first.

So, let’s face reality. If our state is ever going to resume universal public education, we Californians will have to outsource the task.

And there is only one entity with the scale and scary ruthlessness to reopen California schools: Amazon.

This isn’t a modest proposal. Outsourcing school reopening to Amazon perfectly fits our state’s COVID-era strategy: leaving the hard work to somebody else. Our elected leaders declare mask and social distancing rules but refuse to enforce them, leaving compliance to store employees and regular citizens. State and county officials celebrate vaccinations, but outsource the job of getting shots in arms to Blue Shield of California, even though it’s an insurer, not a health provider.

By the same token, Amazon is not an education business, but it has the delivery network to get all the necessary protective materials to schools quickly. (Maybe it could even ship science-denying teachers to vaccination centers and then classrooms.) Amazon also operates efficiently—so a school reopening contract wouldn’t break the budget.

But the real reason California needs Amazon for this chore is its scary ruthlessness, its willingness to ignore criticism and rules in the service of delivering on its promise.

No one gets in its way. Amazon owns the political class—just look at its success in using donations and lobbying to win government subsidies—so it doesn’t have to worry about politicians’ challenging its school reopening operations.

Amazon, famous for crushing small-business competitors, might be our best bet to shut down scofflaw retailers, restaurants, and other entities that, by not complying with COVID regulations, contribute to the community spread that threatens school reopenings.

And Amazon, having successfully fought unionization of its own employees in every corner of this country, would probably revel at the prospect of putting California teachers and their unions in their place.

Because the company is so accustomed to being loathed, Amazon—worth a cool $1.67 trillion as of Feb. 18—could be useful as a scapegoat for all of California’s fear and anger over school reopening. Instead of the state government and local school districts continuing to blast each other for school delays, and instead of parents and teachers attacking one another on Zoom calls, we could all agree to blame Amazon.

I suspect Amazon would step in and do this if asked. Amazon recently wrote to President Biden to offer “to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise” in this emergency. And given its diminished public reputation, including questions about how it treats its warehouse workers, Amazon would likely seize such an opportunity to build some goodwill.

Few school leaders will ever admit this publicly, but they would be delighted if Amazon stepped in to handle reopening. Such an intervention might be the only way to save a California education system that is falling apart. School enrollment has seen record declines in the pandemic, and many families with school-age children are leaving the state. Even stalwart supporters of public schools are now talking up private schools or school vouchers.

In other words, California faces its own school choice: Outsource school reopening now, or watch its schools crumble as families outsource their children’s education somewhere else.

Joe Mathews writes the Connecting California column for Zócalo Public Square, where this essay first appeared.

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