We are constantly told by Democrats that we need to follow the science with regards to the pandemic response. Well, they might want to follow their own advice and demand that schools be opened everywhere.
Data shows conclusively that schools and universities should NEVER have been forced to close. Why? Because since the start of the outbreak, it’s been almost unheard of for a student to die from the disease or even to transmit the disease to the more vulnerable members of the population.
Despite this, schools in New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles have been closed at times during the pandemic.
I am willing to give policymakers the benefit of the doubt for initially taking the action of closing schools, given the lack of data and the emphasis on flattening the curve. However, once the data came in showing that students are generally safe from COVID-19, they should have been sent back to school.
Even Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said schools should be open. The good doctor said, “If you look at the data, the spread among children and from children is not very big at all, not like one would have suspected,” said Fauci. “So let’s try to get the kids back and try to mitigate the things that maintain and push the kind of community spread we are trying to avoid.”
The teachers’ unions are part of the problem, too. They have pushed for unreasonable demands before they say they will go back to the classroom.
For example, teachers in Los Angeles this summer demanded that the city and state give in to their radical proposals.
Reason reported, “UTLA also stated that the pandemic requires an immediate moratorium on new charter schools in Los Angeles….
It is also demanding things that the officials in charge of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) don’t have the power to grant, such as the passage of Medicare for All, new state-level wealth taxes in California, and a federal bailout of the LAUSD—which is struggling to meet pension obligations for retired teachers and staff.”
The American Association of Pediatrics has urged schools to open as well. They released the following statement:
“The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality.”
If the Democrats are truly the party of science, it is time for them to act like it. The data is unequivocal: Open the schools!