Rob Morse, in his “Slow Facts” webzine, on Monday, asks a good question: “Are bureacrats shutting down schools for their benefit or for yours?
When the same cities that close all their schools to supposedly prevent the close contact that helps a virus to spread, but open up large child care centers to house the children during the day who have no place to stay because their parents have to work to support them?
When the workers in those child care centers, that are even MORE likely to be exposed to the virus are only temporary public employees (if not just contractor employees), “subprofessional” and probably unable to afford health insurance themselves because of low pay and the “benefits of ObummerCare? And when those workers – those “caregivers” are more likely to be unqualified, untrained, and themselves carriers – because of hasty hiring practices? To say nothing of the increased potential that some of those caregivers are predators: pedophiles who cannot be detected by proper vetting because of the urgency to hire them?
When the children in those centers are less likely to have sufficient staff to discipline them and help them maintain this “social standoff” distance, and are more likely to come in contact with a lot more than the 15-30 students in their own classrooms? And get poorer quality food from makeshift kitchens instead of the well-equipped school kitchens? And probably having to spend more time crowded in buses taking them to the centers instead of their neighborhood schools?
But the bureaucrats, and especially their attorneys and risk management specialists don’t really care about the children, no matter what they claim. The educrats are more concerned about things like potential lawsuits and the medical costs of treating unionized teachers who won’t be in those child care centers. And more concerned about potential for these educrats having to take personal responsibility for the children that parents entrust to their care?
And when the child care center buildings are also more likely to be unsuitable for this use, unable to meet codes, than purpose-built school buildings? Thus risking everything from poor fire protection to failure of sewer and sanitation, and thus increasing the risk of injury and illness to the children?
When you put this all together, you just have an incredible checklist of the evils of government-run, tax-supported, and irresponsible, self-serving, and completely objectionable “education systems.”
And the question as always, is why are we so foolish as to entrust our precious children to these institutions.