Now I’m old, and don’t understand the new way of doing things, but I swear I see no sense in bringing children back to the classrooms with only four weeks of school left in the school year.

It will take the kids a week or two to get the routine down and feel comfortable in the classroom. Then the last week of school, things will be winding down for the school year, so the kids are going to get what — one or two weeks of education — maybe?

Additionally, I have been reading some accounts of children experiencing anxiety about their safety going back to school and it takes them some time to recover from the experience.

Therefore, their negative experience may negate any positive experience they may have gained in the classroom. When (and it will happen) someone in a classroom/school tests positive for COVID what do you do? Keep having class or send all the children and teachers in the classroom/school home for 14 days quarantine?

Chalk this school year up as a bad experience and get ready for full classrooms in the fall. I smell a politician(s) in this decision process.

(8) comments

gary4books

It is difficult to reason with impatient people. But with the vaccine now available for younger people, we may get the job done before school in late summer.

MD1756

Gary, maybe you should have left it at "It is difficult to reason with people." The problem is polls show many parents don't want to vaccinate their children. Apparently a number of parents arguing to reopen schools do not want their children to be vaccinated according to the survey. See: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/06/health/vaccine-children.html. The article states that "Among parents who were surveyed, three in 10 said they would get their children vaccinated right away, and 26 percent said they wanted to wait to see how the vaccine was working. Those figures largely mirrored the eagerness with which those parents themselves sought to get vaccinated. Commensurately, 18 percent said they would do so only if a child’s school required it, and 23 percent said they would definitely not get their children vaccinated." The results were based on telephone surveys of a nationally representative sample of 2,097 adults from April 15 through April 29.

Yahoo life breaks down the numbers from a different survey: "There were clear divides across age, race, political affiliation and education level. Only 27 percent of younger parents — that is, those who are 18 to 29 — said they will get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, while 54 percent of parents between the ages of 45 and 54 plan to vaccinate their children. Nearly 47 percent of Hispanic families plan to vaccinate their children, followed by 39 percent of white parents and 31 percent of Black parents. The gap is the widest between political affiliations: 61 percent of Democrats plan to vaccinate their children, while just 36 percent of Republicans say the same. Independents were the least likely to say they’ll vaccinate their children against COVID-19 — just 25 percent plan to sign up when their kids are eligible. Money was also a big determinant — willingness to vaccinate children increased with a family’s annual income. Just 29 percent of families who make $50,000 or less plan to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, compared to 63 percent of families who make $100,000 or more."

Greg F

MD....maybe we an add it's difficult (if not impossible) to reason with irrational people who have been fed a steady diet of misinformation/disinformation. You also can't reason with someone who has not got the capacity to reason in the first place. People have not been taught critical thinking for decades given a continued effort by a certain party to dumb down the educational system (case and point...Betsy DeVoss)....and we run into that low end of the bell curve on IQ also wherein the innate capacity to reason simply does not and will not exist. You can't teach IQ. Common sense is not common. There will always be some of the people you can fool all of the time. With that, we get that percentage that somehow the benefits of the vaccine will never outweigh their inability to get over the irrational or unreasonable thinking that prevents them from doing things right.

MD1756

I don't believe either party has the monopoly on dumbing down education. Too many students are passed on to the next grade when they have not learned the material. Additionally the schools should stop worrying about teaching the local feel good fad class and concentrate on the basics which includes comprehension and problem solving whether that problem be person budgets or business problems, etc.

PeteRefer

Its never too early to start a good habit. Send them back now and it will be easier when they go back in the fall.

Dwasserba

“Keep having class or send all the children and teachers in the classroom/school home for 14 days quarantine?” I heard that in upstate PA, where schools opened on schedule last fall and “stayed open,” among the places often cited as the argument for opening schools, the schools actually did close multiple times over the months, just no widespread fanfare about it.

bosco

The grandkids have been in school all year, and participating in regular after school activities. Where, you may ask?

Texas.

Greg F

Texass....a special sort of stupid resides there.

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