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.
“Who Benefits from Closing All the Schools?”
First, the children, who are removed from the propaganda/indoctrination camps where not only their health and safety was at risk but their ability to learn how to ‘think’ for themselves was hindered and inhibited in preference to sycophantic obedience and conformity. Hopefully parents and students will undertake remote learning opportunities of their own choice; from the many varieties already available, and ignore the State/union versions foisted on them by the now (and hopefully permanently) closed public schools. Second, american society can expect to benefit from a true diversity of genuine ‘education’ rather than group-think ‘schooling’.
An EXCELLENT and most wonderful point! One I’ve also discussed several times, including the commentary on the opportunities this crisis provides to lovers of liberty. The Home School Legal Defense Association and thousands of home-schoolers are reaching out right now, and making great progress.
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Schools closed (Mo and IL are those I know for sure) – Day cares? Open. Now expanding up to age 10 because you can’t “legally” leave them home otherwise. Subsidized in IL, not sure about MO.