As schools reopen, ‘safety’ must mean more than masks and social distancing

There is one critical and essential element to all of this extremely messy work of raising good people that is always implied but rarely is made explicit: No learning (academic or social/emotional) can ever happen in unsafe environments. Right now, utter the word “safety,” and the discussion focuses on mask wearing, physical distancing, sanitization, plexiglass separators, temperature taking, face shields and so forth. But safety means more than that. It means the moral and...