Being a schoolteacher is one of the most important jobs in the country. A good teacher can have a positive lifelong impact on a student. They can inspire, educate, and provide a solid moral foundation for students as they go out into the world.
Sadly, there aren’t enough good teachers out there that care about their students as much as they care about themselves. Teachers’ unions are more worried about their next contract then they are about providing high-quality education. Of course, I don’t mean every teacher, but looking at how teachers are acting now to keep schools closed, it is hard to draw another conclusion.
They are hiding behind the coronavirus to keep schools closed, leveraging a crisis to suit an agenda. The evidence overwhelmingly shows that kids and teens don’t pass the virus on to adults, and almost never suffer from the virus themselves.
Even the American Association of Pediatrics agrees and is urging schools to reopen. 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.”
Liberals are always telling us to follow the science, so if that is the case, then schools should reopen.
Daniel Horowitz cited studies conducted in England and Switzerland that show that students are not transmitters of COVID. He wrote, “Switzerland opened its schools after failing to find a single case of child-to-adult transmission, instead positing that adults are the ones who transmit to children. The country has even advised that children under 10 can safely hug their grandparents. ‘Children are very rarely infected and do not pass on the virus,’ said Dr. Daniel Koch, the head of the infectious diseases unit at the Federal Office of Public Health in Bern, last week. ‘That is why small children pose no risk to high-risk patients or grandparents.’
A UK study from the Royal College of Pediatrics found that at the very least, children ‘do not play a significant role’ in spreading the virus: A 9-year-old British boy who contracted the virus in the French Alps failed to pass on the virus to a single one of the 170 people he was in contact with.”
It isn’t just about not working for the teachers; teachers across the country are now demanding that the agenda of Black Lives Matter and the Democrat Socialists of America agenda be implemented before they return to work.
In Los Angeles, a local teachers’ union is demanding that Medicare For All, a state wealth tax, and a bailout of their pensions be implemented before they go back to work. Similar demands have been made in other large cities.
But hey, gang, this is ONLY about the safety of the teachers and students. If you believe that, I have a timeshare in Belize to sell you.
Last year, public school teachers in Oakland, CA, refused to show up to class. The public-school teachers demanded a large pay raise. The Oakland Schools’ superintendent offered the teachers a 7% pay raise. This wasn’t enough for the teachers — they wanted 12%.
The teachers’ unions overwhelmingly support Democratic campaigns. In the 2016 election cycle, the two largest teachers’ unions (NEA and AFT) gave almost all of their $46 million in donations to liberal candidates and causes.
As of February 2019, over 100,000 teachers walked out of class in six states.
The Los Angeles School District (the second-largest school district in the country) went on strike for a week, Denver teachers went on strike for three days, and nearly all teachers in the state of West Virginia went on strike.
Why did so many teachers go on strike in West Virginia?
Answer: Because the Republican legislature had the audacity to try to privatize the public schools!
How dare they!
Private schools and school choice would help students learn better. This has been statistically proven. The schools would have to compete against each other for more students, which would incentivize them to improve their teaching methods.
We spend a boatload of money on education in this country ($620 billion). However, students’ test scores are terrible.
Maybe this has something to do with the teachers?
And they want a raise?
It is time for teachers to go back to work and educate the future generation of students. This is an important time in their development and not attending school for an extended period- of time will have devasting consequences for the rest of their lives. The teachers’ unions don’t seem to care. It’s all about what they want, their students be damned!