Skip to comments.Keeping Schools Closed Ensures Inequity And Chaos
Posted on 07/13/2020 7:47:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
We are sacrificing Americas youth on the altar of our own fear. And it is a travesty.
We talk at length in America about the state of our schools. We debate class sizes, curriculum, zoning, funding, teacher qualifications and pay, and now were debating whether schools should open. They should.
Ive written about the problems of indoctrination plaguing New York City schools, and Ive heard from parents that this is happening across the country. This, however, is a call to action, not to shut down schooling. Children and teens need to be in school. Regardless of plague, famine, or war, schooling is essential.
We need to be clear that denying an education to Americas children is a sacrifice, but it is not ours to make. We are sacrificing Americas youth on the altar of our own fear. And it is a travesty. Children and teens who are not in school have had to seek knowledge elsewhere, and theyre finding ready teachers in activists and propagandists across the political spectrum.
Despite the many flaws of public schooling in New York City, I want Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reopen the schools to students in September. Right now, children are either in the streets or on their screens, and neither keep them safe either from the pandemic or from misinformation.
President Donald Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos want the schools to open, too. But conflicting messages from the medical community are making it difficult for anyone to know which way is up.
The Centers for Disease Control have issued guidance for schools reopening that say masking is necessary whenever possible, desks should be spread out, schedules should be staggered, children and teachers should take lunch in the classroom, and barriers should be placed between bathroom sinks to avoid the splashing of germs.
In New York City, this has translated into a plan by the city to welcome back the 1.1 million school students on a staggered schedule, where students would only attend in-person classes a few days a week at best. For children who spent the spring term learning more about how to make text boxes in Google Slides than imbibing any serious knowledge, the downward decline of mental acuity will continue.
As we debate the relative risks of opening schools in terms of coronavirus spread between students, teachers, staff, and families, we are ignoring the glaring risk to not only students by the nation in barring children from attaining any meaningful kind of education. Home and private school is an option, but its not an option for everyone. And education should not be merely for those whose families have access to those networks, or the resources to do it on their own.
Throughout the pandemic, we have been hearing from officials and pundits and everyone else that when we get back to normal, it wont be like this. But now the tune is changing. what we are collectively imagining as the future normal is anything but.
We are so cowed with fear by the unknown potential of this virus that we are willing to sacrifice everything in service to its eradication, which is not even remotely guaranteed. If our nation plunges into chaos at the hands of a generation of people who know nothing about math, science, civics, history, or literature, who get their information from endless YouTube gaming videos, it will not be the fault of the pandemic, but our own.
The medical insight has indicated that, for whatever reason, children are not mass spreaders. They do not appear to get the illness as easily or transmit it as readily. The older the individual, the more apparent their risk.
No increased risk for teachers. pic.twitter.com/ho26L7KD0h
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) July 12, 2020
A study showed that children appear to show fewer telltale symptoms than adults and [could] be less contagious, providing a justification for school reopenings So why is there so much debate over whether children should be educated?
No one knows what the coronavirus situation is going to look like in the fall. But the fact of the matter is that no one has known what its going to look like this whole time.
From the moment the pandemic was announced by the maddeningly inaccurate World Health Organization to the economic and social shutdowns to the occupation of city centers, no one has had any idea whats going on. The models that everyone trusted to forecast the future were wrong, yet here we are, trying to use those techniques to figure out whats going to happen three months from now.
At a certain point, the risk of having a generation of thoroughly uneducated children is a cure worse than the disease. Online education portals are not engagingnot for teachers, not for students. Many children learn in a hands-on way. they need personal interaction to learn well. Not only that, reports from hospitals say the mental health of children clearly outweighs their low risk of contracting the illness.
Those same leftists who are out in the streets demanding equity and equality are claiming that its too dangerous to open schools. Taking away the right to education for Americas youth will not result in equity or equality.
Those who are wealthy, and those who are able to do it, will still educate their children by whatever means necessary. Those children who are the most vulnerable to inequity already will be the ones who suffer the most under school closures.
The children of New York City and the nation should be allowed to go back to school. Locking everyone in their homes, letting our cities be rocked by weeks of civic unrest, increases in crime, and now depriving our children of the one thing we have told them they need for their entire livesan educationis no way to ensure the longevity and stability of our nation. Keeping schools closed is a way to ensure discord and perpetrate inequity, lawlessness, and stupidity for generations to come.
Which is exactly what liberals want.
Cut salaries to all government employees, then they will open up
We could just pull the kid fake out trick and have Trump say everything should close indefinitely...
The presidential election should be postponed until March. if it saves just one life....
Keeping schools closed ensures fewer brainwashed kids and fewer Democrat voters. That applies now in colleges and universities and later for those in K-12 schools.
I disagree with this article. As a retired teacher who fought against school indoctrination for YEARS, I say GOOD RIDDANCE. Parents who support today’s “schools” are merely looking for bad babysitters.
I find it interesting how conservatives want more homeschooling for the country and liberals dont. But conservatives want kids back in the liberal teaching vessels while the liberals dont. Funny what a world we live in right now.
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Does anyone here know if NYC or other big K-12 public school district areas around the country have plans about teachers’ pay during shutdowns?
At the start of the virus lockdowns in Feb-April, some college ones some said “Bargained for employees will receive pay on a temporary basis in accordance with contracts” and similar things. And the usual “Employees are allowed to use sick time and vacation and holiday time.”
The professors can say they are teaching online so gimme the money but no dorm workers, food service, janitorial, and many regular clerical and other workers-—as buildings including class buildings, libraries and dorms are closed as students are using online service.
So in K-12 schools would teachers get full pay sent to their direct deposit accounts each two weeks but not go to work in the schools?
I wish some conservative lawyers were start a class action lawsuit on behalf of property taxpayers, A pay a HUGE school tax and I am not getting my monies worth, I want a rebate.
In CA and many other areas the school systems are receiving packets of teaching materials on educating students to support BLM. They provide reasons for students to reject basic American history in favor of uncovering toxic masculinity, white privilege and white racism.
Would that enhanced "education" solve your problem and make you feel you got your tax money's worth?/S
Didn't think so.
Google search of "schools being sent blm materials" shows examples.
Teachers unions are absolute nests of leftist supporters and have contributed to Dems for decades.
It isn’t fear of COVID or Flu or common cold or hepatitis or e coli or any transmissible microorganism. That is all just an excuse. Teachers are tired of dealing with the problems of other people’s children, which they helped create with their opposition to any kind of punishment. They don’t want to go back into a room with 30 little darlings because sometimes it just isn’t very pleasant. Who would not take 6 months of paid semi-vacation if one could get it? If they stick together they can. Union.
They are unaware that they are acting against their own selves. The next time they walk up and down the sidewalk in front of the school with their little Life is Unfair signs demanding more pay, they will find that they have lost the ability to threaten parents with sending their children home as a price for not submitting to the demands.
This may backfire. If the kids don’t return to school, families of young kids are going to have to find a way for one adult to stay home with the kids every single day.
Why wouldn’t this drive parents into more predictable home-school co-op schedules? Working parents could rotate teaching responsibilities. Each parent could teach once a week while working the other days.
It’s better than turning your lives upside down for the privilege of having Commies teach your young.
Oh, I don’t know. The best thing that could happen for education in America would be for government schools to shut down permanently. They are failing dinosaurs.
Damaging the economy and labeling Trump a racist is the only prayer that Vice President Groppy has.
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