Greed

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Only one word, greed sums up why colleges and universities allowed students to come back to campus this fall. Colleges & universities have students coming from other cities, states, and countries. No college was/is prepared to test or monitor these students’ activities before they came back to school or once they were at school.

As a result, colleges and universities have become hot-spots this fall. This silly experiment only lasted approximately a few weeks as colleges had to return to online classes. Dorm life has no way to social distance as it shares bathrooms, bedroom, and study halls. Ask yourself, what’s the real purpose of opening when the whole college experience on campus is partying, having sex, drugs/alcohol, and socializing?  Moreover, the colleges and their staff knew or should have known that college students would not easily follow the rules regarding social distancing.

To be fair, colleges need the money to survive. A lot of college revenue is derived from housing (dorms) and the meal plans. By itself, money is not necessarily a bad thing. But all knew eventually college students would test positive for covid-19 due to the nature of dormitory life.  Similarly, soon as most States reopened, their covid positive rates went up. Did not college presidents give that data any consideration? Or, do they believe in money over students’ & employees’ health?

Conservative estimates are 100,000 college students, staff, and employees have tested positive. That is pretty high considering most colleges just started their fall semester. (Late August or early September.) Most colleges closed and went to online classes one or two weeks after school started. Clearly, due to this re-opening, some colleges have increased their states’ covid positivity rate. This greed of reopening dorms has had multiple consequences. 

Sidebar:

  1. All colleges and their presidents knew increase in covid positive would occur sooner rather than later as there are no realist ways to monitor nor enforce.
  2. Since these students have tested positive for covid, the student has to take this positive result home to their parents, siblings, grandparents, & neighbors.

Now that some colleges have re-opened just to close, parents and students have to make some kind of decision. Some colleges told their student, they must leave and will get a certain percentage of a refund. While other colleges allowed the students to decide by a particular date that they will remain in the dorm while taking all online classes. Once that date has passed, even if the student eventually goes back home, they have forfeited the room and board money.

Now Trutalk:

  • Those colleges that have allowed or suggested that students can remain in the dorms while doing online classes, do not seem to care for the staff/workers that clean those dorms.
  • We really have no data to tell us exactly why children and young adults don’t get the virus as easily or as severe as older adults. Therefore, we should not intentionally expose them.
  • Although colleges need students’ money to have a successful financial outlook, money cannot nor should not supersede health.
  • Before colleges send students home, they should have tested them so they do not pass on the virus.
  • At a bare minimum, colleges should have mandated those students in dorms to stay for the 14 day quarantine.

Sources; https://abcnews.go.com/Health/1200-students-test-positive-covid-19-major-university/story?id=72699871

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.