…isinfecting, and significantly reduced numbers of students (achi…isinfecting, and significantly reduced numbers of students (achieved by most of them staying home). While schools cannot stop students from getting coronavirus (after all, they live in the same world as the rest of us), they could ensure it does not spread in buildings and communities by knowing who needs to quarantine as soon as possible. With these sorts of precautions in place, instead of becoming “cesspools of Covid,” schools offerin…
Shayla R. Griffin, PhD, MSW
Dr. Gryphon, you amaze me with your scalpel-like talons on America's broken education system bruised but not down. This quote says it all. Given the state of the United States, our gov't, the CDC, WHO & OSHA, do you think they could agree on a sound recommendation even if costed children’s lives unable to vote, ever?
It is a travesty that we treat all children in all classrooms of America the same when there is such a huge disparity gap in America. Why couldn’t schools survey parents if they can work remotely or able to care full time instead of treating all children the same, essentially white? If they did, why did they sit on the data and do nothing at the start and even now?
It doesn’t take a genius to get a pie chart of parents who need in-person classrooms the most. Then couldn’t we have implemented better safety measures to ensure the health & happiness of little ‘uns with their teachers while freeing up the rich white folks who can work remotely? Ok, I’m Korean. Yellow is probably up there, too. Seriously, tech costs money and monthly subscriptions. Who would bet the schools below would look like bittersweet-chocolate with a few rainbow sprinkles on top? But that would mean socio-economically challenged people would be in classrooms, while socio-economically unchallenged kids would be sheltering-in-place. Neither is better or worse; it’s all a gamble. The piechart would look bad for their seats of power.
America, americans can’t you stop bickering while your condos burn and blame it on Trump? It’s not that hard to re-open schools if we CAN: 1) Tend to the needy and poor first 2) Stop feuding when we are one nation 3) See that our children are NOT numbers rather rainbows gone unnoticed since the founding fathers 4) Lastly, protect the needy and poor from the pandemic as that blue Statue promised or is it Red now?
It’s ironic that when we need segregation the most during the pandemic is when the people in power refuse to unite our fractured nation and ask our poor and needy children to step up and integrate as pediatric associations, CDC, and our government limply recommended. And, ask children to get their own masks infecting not just white children and back and forth in a deadly dance. The demographics show that the colored communities infect the white communities as an imaginary-colored cycle rather than a stochastic or even biologically chaotically patterned cycle of SAR-COV-2 on their host species. I am positive the poor people are NOT genetically susceptible to the coronavirus or biologically programmed to spread to White DNA as some right-wing conspiracist high on spirits might reply. Perhaps the Chinese created Latinos to infected old white men while we’re at it? That’s what the data shows in America. Well, perhaps the infection rate of children was so low because they were segregated from education unlike their parents comingling with coworkers over coffee & juice. And now they will be integrated next months in some states or counties. Here’s the link: https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/map-covid-19-schools-open-closed.html
Will we see the deadly Twins, pandemic’s 2nd surge & the usual flu season, approaching around the corner hopefully sparing our children whatever their skin tones are? Perfect timing with re-opening of schools in some counties. Parents, you know how long flu lasts in a family after your kid caught it at daycare. Weeks if not months for the virus to round and round the family tree. I’m not making this up. This time, it’s not surreal. It’s not another apocalyptic movie. Be prepared. Protect your loved 1s. I’ll keep a close eye on IA & FLA.
In the coming Fall months when some white, brown, black, red, yellow, blue & green children mix with Whites, perhaps children’s COVID+ mortality numbers will rise as the coronavirus is on a second rampage. Perhaps then the segregation of their genomic material will be united under one coronavirus. Who has the last laugh of America’s bickering while Senator John Lewis’ body is spinning wildly in his grave for his brothers and sisters to WAKE up to protect the poor and needy of our still great country.
Long story short, I think paying parents is a great idea, especially for lower-income families. I don’t think pods are better than remote education by any means. Exposure is exposure and creates a socio-economic infection pool. I agree with you that schools will not get it together to protect our children like our gov’t, health & work organizations. Mixing bureaucrats with sniffling 1st graders improperly wearing masks is a recipe for a coronavirus bloom no matter how careful our dashboards are. Yes, let’s keep our children safe and learn remotely as other wired nations have done in a tiered and careful way. For those who can’t work remotely, I believe the most disadvantaged children should attend classrooms with proper safety measures. The teachers would love it. I’ve watched educators cry at the separation from their loved ones. Besides, in some affluent counties, classroom size will be very small. In the inner-city, it would be packed with chocolate sprinkles, but their parents would finally get a break.
Brace yourselves. Winter is coming and she is not happy with U.S.