Over the past few months, Dave Grohl has been sharing funny and heartwarming stories on his Dave’s True Stories Instagram page. Now, he’s shared the first audio episode of the series.
During the nine-minute episode, the Foo Fighters frontman talks about his early school days before dropping out to pursue his rockstar dreams. He also talks about his mother, Virginia Grohl’s, experience as a teacher and the challenges that came with the job.
“Teachers are confronted with a whole new set of dilemmas that most people would not consider. There’s so much more to be addressed than just opening the doors and sending [children] back home, my mother tells me on the phone,” Grohl said.
“Now 82 and retired, she runs down a list of concerns based on her 35 years of experience: Masks and distancing, temperature checks, crowded bussing, crowded hallways, sports, air-conditioning systems, lunchrooms, public restrooms, janitorial staff. Most schools already struggle from a lack of resources. How can they possibly afford the mountain of safety measures that will need to be in place?”
He goes on to argue against reopening schools amidst the ongoing pandemic calling the move “foolish.”
“Remote learning is an inconvenient and hopefully temporary solution,” says Grohl, “but as much as Donald Trump’s conductor-less orchestra would love to see the country prematurely open schools in the name of rosy optics, ask a science teacher what they think about White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s comment that, ‘Science should not stand in the way.’ It would be foolish to do so at the expense of our students, teachers and schools.”
Listen to the full episode below.