The Bottom Line

As much as it may be the desire and goal of many educators, parents, and politicians, doesn’t getting kids back in the classroom in the midst of a pandemic sound inherently risky and ill-advised?

Is it being attempted simply because Trump wants it to happen? That’s the worst reason of all.

Even the other reasons– parents aren’t equipped to do the teaching, finding day care is a nightmare, inequitable access to technology and bandwidth, parents need to go to work, kids need the socialization– all of this would seem to pale in comparison to the obvious risk of exposing our kids and teachers to a deadly virus.

We’re growing increasingly comfortable with huge trade-offs and gambles. Preserving life seems not to be the first order of business. There’s a strong hint of desperation and undue economic pressures.

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