In case you missed it… The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board makes “The Case for Reopening Schools” based on scientific and economic evidence.
The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board reminds us all that while “President Trump pushes schools to reopen while Democrats heed teachers unions…” Ultimately, if schools remain closed, “the losers…would be the children.” Students must be able to safely return to schools in order to grow academically, intellectually and emotionally.
Bottom Line: Biden and his friends at the teachers union continue to play politics with the coronavirus. President Trump and his Administration are putting schoolchildren first, working hard every day to ensure students can go back to school safely this fall semester.
The Case for Reopening Schools
The evidence—scientific, health and economic—argues overwhelmingly for schools to open in the fall. Start with the relative immunity of young children to the disease, which should reassure parents.
Parents and teachers understandably worry that children might spread the virus. But a recent retrospective study of schools in Northern France, from February before lockdowns, found that “despite three introductions of the virus into three primary schools, there appears to have been no further transmission of the virus to other pupils or teaching and non-teaching staff of the schools.”
Keeping schools closed while awaiting a vaccine isn’t an acceptable alternative. You don’t need a degree in child psychology to know kids have struggled with virtual education. A Reuters analysis last month found that fewer than half of 57 public school districts were taking attendance. About a third weren’t providing required services to special-needs students.
Teachers unions have fought to reduce accountability. United Teachers Los Angeles’s pandemic collective-bargaining agreement prohibited schools from requiring face-to-face online instruction such as Zoom or Skype. Teachers also don’t have to work more than four hours per day.
Millions of parents can’t return to work if their children can’t attend school. Opening the schools is essential to the well-being of students, and teachers and administrators have a duty to make it happen.
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