I know it's popular to blame familiar "boogey-men" like unions when things don't go to plan: it's the narrative, all new stories must serve the narrative. But my experience is just as many parents want schools to close as want schools to open RIGHT NOW!, and just as many teachers fall on either side of that divide, too.
@maggieNYT good message, but really short term. If vaccine estimates are anywhere close to being right, most will be vaccinated before September 2021. That means re-opening schools becomes less of an issue as teachers unions face mounting pubic opinion to re-open if vaccinated. https://t.co/bH1qvdmf0z— Tony Fabrizio (@TonyFabrizioGOP) February 18, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
"Won't Somebody Think Of The Children?!"
As usual, no one is really paying attention to what the kids want. (I saw that dynamic in family law practice, where divorces with children made those children the battleground. Any exception just proved that rule, and I never saw an exception.)
Last fall, when one school district here (there are many in Harris County; 20 or more, I think) decided final exams had to be in school because cheating on-line was too hard to control (and it is. I've learned that teaching on-line college classes), one family sent their child to school in full hazmat-PPE, in protest. Even called the local TeeVee stations to make sure someone would get it on camera (they did). Hand to God, those people did more harm to that child's spirit and psyche than the risk of covid ever would.
But, of course, parents don't have unions, so it doesn't fit the narrative.
Either way, if vaccinations are complete or nearly so by July, reasons to keep school closed any longer simply collapse. Besides, it's not like Biden can order schools to open. That's a state issue. Funny how "states rights!" Republicans forget that, now. But that's yet another matter.
I think the closure of schools has been, on the whole, a bad idea. But who knew? You do what you can with the information you have, and as you find out that's not the best response after all, it's really rather hard to reverse course mid-year, especially since there are as many parents demanding schools close down permanently and absolutely until all is SAFE AGAIN!, and those demanding schools not even require masks because children need to see whole faces (I am not making this up; any of it).
And, again, nobody gives the children a vote. Maybe they should.
Posted by Rmj at 5:21 AM