Gambling with the kids

Politicians are gambling with our kids and grandkids lives. Some are more interested in the economy returning to “normal” than the health of the children in our country. They want schools to reopen ASAP so parents can get back to full-time work. It should be noted, one of the keys to full employment is kids being in school/daycare all day. As a result, education will dominate this upcoming election.

We all agree that kids have to go back to school at some point. The real question is how exactly does that look. It’s worth saying; education doesn’t have to be in a building. It can clearly be online. So instead of trying to find a good and safe space for children other than the actual brick and mortal school building, some politicians want kids to return without much consideration for the consequences. However, Most surveys by school districts show that teachers are more fearful for their own health if or when schools reopening. before pandemic is under control.

Here are a few quotes from politicians not caring about kids.

  • Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, said “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.” ( What a cavalier attitude
  • Education Secretary, Betsy Devos said, “kids are virus stoppers.”
  • The White House Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany said, “Science should not stand in the way’ of schools reopening.
  • President Donald Trump told Fox News host Chris Wallace in an interview, “Young people have to go to school, and there’s problems when you don’t go to school, too. And there’s going to be a funding problem because we’re not going to fund — when they don’t open their schools. We’re not going to fund them. We’re not going to give them money if they’re not going to school, if they don’t open.”
  • The republicans are trying to manipulate school to reopen by attaching new funding incentives via a the next coronavirus relief bill

Sidebar:

  1. Even if we assume that children are just carriers of covid-19 and are not easily affected the same way adults are, would it not be prudent for children not to be around their parents, grandparents, teachers, janitors, food staff, and bus drivers? Or do these people even matter. 
  2. Do these politicians worry about the people that children will affect?
  3. Can you really imagine the President stop funding education/schools if they don’t open? If he does, how sad is that.

The CDC reports that as of Friday, 175,374 cases have been confirmed in kids ages 17 and under. This account for approximately 6% of the confirmed cases. Moreover, the CDC says 228 children and teens 17 years-old and under have died from the disease in the U.S only.  Certainly, this is a small percentage when compared of the total of 141,000 deaths.

Most experts have expressed concerns about returning to classrooms because of the risk students could carry the virus home to older relatives. Education professionals have also expressed worry they may be in harm’s way. 

Ironically, these politicians that act like they care about teachers are not asking what teachers and school officials think is best.

Now Trutalk:

  • It is clear the reopening of schools have become a re-election debate for some politicians.
  • The economy is far more important than the health of our children and who they will come in contact with.
  • It will certainly be easier for high school kids to return to school with mask; but it will be awfully hard for elementary kids to come to school with masks and have to leave them on all day.
  • It is true that parents want children to return to school so they can ultimately return to work. But the parents want some safe options for their children.

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