Saturday, November 14, 2020

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We Told You… | Eclectablog
We Told You…

The inestimable Ron French is out this week with a terrific article in Bridge on the exploding Covid crisis in Michigan’s schools, and the situation is indeed dire. Readers across the state must be wondering how we got here.

“Kids don’t catch the virus!”, they said.

“And if they do catch it, they don’t get sick!”, they said.

Even if those statements were true—and they are not—they completely miss the point.

Can children drive themselves to school?
Cook and serve school lunches?
Provide first aid if they get hurt?
Clean and disinfect classrooms?
Teach themselves?

Schools are not just places for children. The adults in schools also matter. The teachers, administrators, school cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, and all of the other “grown ups” who help schools run and serve the needs of our children. And these adults deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.

I am so tired of people demanding that schools remain open in the midst of a surging, out-of-control infectious pandemic. In the best of times schools are Petri dishes full of germs and CONTINUE READING:  We Told You… | Eclectablog