Let’s be honest with ourselves, teachers are becoming lazy. It’s easier to do your job when you’re sitting behind a computer screen in your own home or your classroom with no children around. Getting up and traveling to school and dealing with students isn’t always that fun. It’s not all teachers who are doing this. Still, the teachers participating in the shutdown on in-person learning are in the teacher’s unions in large cities with a heavily COVID-19 vaccinated population.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked, “As we speak right now, $50,000 school kids in Chicago remain out of school. Most are Black, Hispanic, and are poor. This administration has called for equity in education, so who does the Biden Administration blame for failing these young kids?”
“First and foremost, the president has been emphatic. He wants these institutions to open across the country, especially in Chicago,” Psaki responded.
Angela Morabito, U.S. Department of Education, claims to be for equity and anti-racism, yet she also tweeted, “Chicago Public Schools are closing today.” CPS has a student body that is more than 80% Black and Hispanic. So, NEA (National Education Association) and AFT (American Federation of Teachers) don’t even try to claim to be advocates for equity and anti-racism. You’re stealing from these youngsters.”
True, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown harmed rather than helped children. Not only is it more difficult for children to obtain food when it is available at home, but there is a considerable reduction in knowledge-based learning when a child is forced to sit in front of a computer all day. It’s a sad scenario for youngsters, but it’s again for teachers who don’t want to return to face-to-face instruction.
So, if Morabito wants more equity and anti-racism, closing a school that’s 80% Black and Hispanic is the way to do that? It’s more racist to close the schools. Here’s why.
There’s a back and forth going on with the COVID-19 vaccine mandates. With the Supreme Court’s decision looming, it might be decided by the time you’re reading this, it would be easy for teacher’s unions to push for online learning, and the Omicron variant of COVID-19 would help them complete that goal.
Children are known to have a mild COVID-19 virus if they have symptoms at all. There have been very few children who die from COVID-19, and there’s a smaller chance that any large-scale infection would affect children negatively, especially if they are forced to wear a mask in school. That is if the masks even work, to begin with.
Mott Poll reported, “3 in 4 parents say COVID-19 has harmed their teens being able to interact with friends.”
Children are meant to find independence. They have difficulty finding freedom when forced to stay home with their parents instead of interacting with students and teachers. The poll was conducted in March of 2021, and there’s not been a change in almost a year.
With a staggeringly low level of mental health resources available before the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s becoming difficult to manage the caseloads that therapists are getting. The inability to treat patients in person is becoming more complex.
NIH reported, “The vast majority of therapists (82%) indicated that they transitioned to deliver PCIT via telehealth in response to COVID-19.”
Given that mental health has a more significant impact on children who cannot access in-person learning and the expanding mental health crisis caused by online learning, it is acceptable to argue that there is a considerable danger involved when mental health was a primary element in the COVID-19 epidemic.