Teachers are absolute scum, mostly domineering women, and that is an issue in its own right that should have been dealt with long ago.
Teachers are facing off against the Trump administration over its hardline approach to reopening schools in the fall, with unions arguing that concerns about the health and safety of educators and staff are being left out of the debate.
President Trump and his allies consistently argue that schools should reopen because closures have a negative impact on students and children have no symptoms, or mild symptoms, when infected with COVID-19.
But teachers say they are worried about catching COVID-19 at school or bringing it home to their families because it is still unclear what role children play in spreading the virus to others.
“[Trump] hasn’t mentioned one thing — not one thing — about the risks he’s putting on the good people that walk into that school building,” said Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association (NEA), a labor union that represents 3 million teachers, administrators and other education professionals.
Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and many of the administration’s top health officials spent the past week holding public events urging schools to open their doors this fall.
DeVos indicated that anything less than five days a week of in-person instruction would be unacceptable, and threatened to cut federal funding for schools that didn’t meet her expectations, a move that would likely be met with an onslaught of lawsuits.
School districts, teachers and principals called her demands unrealistic and unsafe, especially in areas of the country experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. They also pointed out that they need more funding — not less — to protect students and staff from infection at a time when state and local governments are facing budget shortfalls due to weeks and months of coronavirus shutdowns.
DeVos’s comments came weeks after schools were in the midst of making preparations for the upcoming academic year, throwing an unexpected wrench in their plans. While decisions about how and when schools reopen fall to governors, local school districts and boards, unions are worried those officials will feel pressured by the president.
“It’s got to be right for your community and where it is, and it has to be done right or people are going to die,” García said.
Trump could benefit from schools fully reopening in the fall ahead of an election where the economy will play a large role. The administration has pointed to the economic benefits of having kids back in the classroom since it would allow parents to return to their jobs if they can’t work remotely.
“Parents have to get back to the factory. They’ve got to get back to the job site. They have to get back to the office. And part of that is their kids, knowing their kids are taken care of,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said this past week.
Azar also said classroom closures were detrimental to kids because of unintended consequences like child hunger and the inability of schools to report cases of child abuse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines designed to help schools safely reopen by recommending steps like social distancing, face coverings for students and staff and frequent cleaning.
Trump panned the guidelines this past week, calling them “very tough” and “expensive” for schools. It’s not clear what parts of the guidelines he objected to.
Azar said schools should not use the CDC guidance as an excuse not to reopen.
However, most schools simply do not have the space to hold in-person classes five days a week and keep students six feet apart.
This is just the ultimate teeth-grinder.
Keeping students six feet apart – while they’re inside of a room with recirculating air – makes absolutely zero sense in any kind of situation. If you believed in this doom virus as a real thing, you would laugh at this idea that keeping people who are in a room together for hours six feet apart would prevent them from infecting each other. It’s utterly nonsensical, if you just have even a vague understanding of the way air and breathing works.
Also, if you had an idea of the way children work, you would know they’re not going to do that, ever, anyway.
I think we’ve all seen children, but teachers especially have seen children.
This is all just total and complete nonsense. You cannot break it down logically, because it is mere gibberish. It is an extremist political agenda being pushed under the guise of a virus hoax, and the teachers are going along with it because they are lazy scum who don’t want to work.