The Value of An Education

Posted on August 5, 2020

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How much value

does a diploma hold–

from an institution where

educators deny

the reality,

the severity,

the threat–

to our community

of the COVID19 pandemic?

 

Would I risk my child’s

life and health

to learn from

educators

who pooh-pooh the pandemic?

to refuse to wear masks in public?

who insist on their right

to publish propaganda?

who publicly state that they don’t know how

to locate valid information

about a life-threatening disease?

who can’t be bothered

to read the science?

BUT who question the experts in epidemiology–

who graduated from the very universities

that their students hope to attend?

 

And speaking of colleges–

among the three local colleges,

Jackson College, Adrian College,

Siena Heights University

which is the local leader in publishing

the most up-to-date science and health

information?

Which makes public health

the number ONE priority

with its re-opening plan?

 

Why should students

and parents

trust

a teacher,

a high school,

a college,

a university–

that doesn’t embody

scientific inquiry,

evidence-based decisions

using the most recent data,

and

an unshakeable commitment

to public health–

to the well-being

of the Adrian community?

 

What is it,

exactly,

that educational institutions

want us to learn

by risking human life

to open for in-person

instruction–

only to close–

when the contagion

infects the school’s

population?

 

Are we to believe

that Adrian’s educators

are privy to information

that the highly esteemed Dr. Fauci,

the CDC

and the WHO

are not???

 

Of what value

is a diploma awarded

by educators who

value ideology

over scientific inquiry?

who

value anything

over

public health?


Related Links

Adrian Public School Re-Opening Plan

This Push to Open Schools Is Guaranteed to Fail:

The evidence is all around us. There is the summer camp in Georgia where hundreds of kids and counselors—nearly half the camp—got infected after only a few days together. Then there’s the school in Indiana where, just hours after reopening last week, a student tested positive for the coronavirus. (“We knew it was a when, not if,” the superintendent told The New York Times, but officials were “very shocked it was on Day 1.”)

There’s also the JAMA Pediatrics study that suggests that babies and young children can carry extremely high viral loads of SARS-CoV-2. The study’s authors found at least as much viral material in the throats and airways of young children as in infected adults, and sometimes 100 times as much as in adults. We’ve long known that kids older than age 10 can efficiently transmit the virus, but this new research suggests that younger kids pose a risk of transmission to the people around them, just as older children do. The more we learn, the more likely it seems that children are highly effective vectors for transmission. Springtime school closures took place before the virus seized the nation. A return to the classroom now—even with thoughtful precautions—would create excellent conditions to test just how quickly COVID-19 can saturate a community. School was deemed unsafe for children, teachers, and staffers back in March. The pandemic is worse in the United States now than it was then, with multiple epicenters burning across the country. So why would schools reopen now?

The American Federation of Teachers is authorizing coronavirus safety strikes.

Sample Letter for Parents to Contact School Leaders With Concerns About Re-Opening

Michigan State tells students: Stay home for fall if you can


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